MS specialist nurse Mhairi Coutts discusses the definition of holistic care. She outlines how to use the concept as part of caring for people with MS. She argues that a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach is essential to meeting the needs of patients and caring for them effectively.
This is one of the talks from the healthcare professionals day. The audience consisted of district nurses, physios, health visitors, GPs and many others that look after people on the island. Most had a general role, and didn’t specialise in MS, so these talks were to inform them about taking care of their MS patients.
The talk is part of a trip by the Barts-MS and Glasgow teams up to Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, in April 2018. In a change from the traditional research days held in London, Barts-MS teamed up with the Glasgow neurology team to present two days of talks: a day of talks to healthcare professionals on the island; and a day of talks to patients and their families. There are no neurologists on the islands and patients have to fly to Glasgow. Yet rates of MS are some of the highest in the world. The teams wanted to help healthcare professionals to more effectively care for their patients with MS, and to empower the patients and their families so they can self-monitor and better control their care and treatment. Read about our trip to Stornoway.