What Is Shared Decision Making?
Shared decision making helps to ensure that people with MS are active participants in their own treatment decisions. Shared decision making is an approach endorsed by several MS advocacy organizations as well as the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC).1 In shared decision making, decisions about disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) involve two-way communication about treatment goals between the person with MS and their doctor. Shared decision making may also include caregivers such as close family members.
Why is Shared Decision Making Relevant for People with MS?
MS is a chronic illness with no cure.1 Since you will be living with MS for the rest of your life, it is important for you to have input into which DMT you take. There are multiple different DMTs in various classes available today.1 Different classes of treatments work in different ways, are taken in different ways, and each have their own risks.1 It’s important to discuss with your doctor which DMT fits your needs and lifestyle requirements.
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