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Neurorehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: foundations, facts and fiction

Thompson, AJ; (2005) Neurorehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: foundations, facts and fiction. CURR OPIN NEUROL , 18 (3) 267 - 271.

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Abstract

Purpose of reviewThis review of recent work in the area of neurorehabilitation of multiple sclerosis patients surveys progress and underscores the need for further work to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.Recent findingsSeveral recent review documents have summarized the current position regarding neurorehabilitation and symptomatic management in multiple sclerosis. They have highlighted the paucity of evidence underpinning current practice, thereby identifying the need for more scientifically sound studies in both neurorehabilitation and symptomatic treatment. However, as will be apparent from this review, there has been a welcome increase in studies evaluating both aspects of neurorehabilitation and specific areas such as the role of cannabinoids in spasticity and pain and new treatments for cognitive impairment,SummaryOverall, there is an encouraging trend both in questioning our current practice and in designing more scientifically sound trials incorporating new and more appropriate outcome measures. There is, however, much more to be done before we are in a position to provide the expert, comprehensive, joined-up, care that is required to meet the complex, ever-changing needs of patients with multiple sclerosis.

Type:Article
Title:Neurorehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: foundations, facts and fiction
Keywords:cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, neurorehabilitation, spasticity, symptom management, RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED-TRIAL, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, IMPACT SCALE MSIS-29, DOUBLE-BLIND, DIAGNOSTIC-CRITERIA, CLINICAL-TRIAL, CANNABIS USE, SPASTICITY, EXERCISE, MS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences

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