Communicating the diagnosis of MS is a challenging task, often undertaken with discomfort by most neurologists. Only a few studies have investigated MSers satisfaction with timing and way of receiving the diagnosis, but surveys regarding physicians’ attitude towards diagnosis disclosure are even more limited. The goal of this work was to highlight Italian neurologists’ behavioral and emotional approach to MSers, making them sensitive to their difficulties and to the importance of an empathic relationship. The majority of Italian neurologists participating in this study have a good perception of their ability to manage this difficult communicating process and believe in the great effect this moment may have on a life-long disease experience. Improving communication skills may help the therapeutic alliance, enhancing MSers acceptance of the disease, as well as motivation and adherence to treatment disclosing the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Epub: Martinelli et al. Disclosing the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis: The Profile Project. J Neurol. 2012 May 26.
“An interesting article. From experience of talking to many MSers is that their experiences vary wildly. Some have had good experiences and others very poor. What has yours been?”