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NHS
National Institute for
Clinical Excellence




Multiple sclerosis
Understanding NICE guidance ­ information for
people with multiple sclerosis, their families and
carers, and the public




November 2003

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Multiple sclerosis
Understanding NICE guidance ­ information for people with
multiple sclerosis, their families and carers, and the public

Issue date: November 2003

This booklet was produced in association with the MS Trust
(01462 476700; www.mstrust.org.uk) and the Multiple Sclerosis
Society (0208 438 0700; www.mssociety.org.uk)

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Contents
About this information 2
Clinical guidelines 2
What the recommendations cover 3
How guidelines are used in the NHS 5
If you want to read the other versions of this 6
guideline
Explanation of medical words and terms 6
Key messages for you and your health workers 7
Multiple…

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About this information

This information describes the guidance that the
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (called NICE
for short) has issued to the NHS on the management
of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the community and in
hospitals. It is based on Multiple sclerosis:
management in primary and secondary care, which…

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The guideline development process ­ information for
the public and the NHS from the website, or you can
order a copy by phoning the NHS Response Line on
0870 1555 455 (quote reference number N0038).


What the recommendations cover

NICE clinical guidelines can look at different areas of
diagnosis, treatment,…

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to contact if you have new symptoms or if your
symptoms get worse.

Currently, not all the services outlined are available in
all parts of the country. The NICE guideline has
identified some areas that are priorities ­ these are
shown as the key recommendations on pages 7­9.

The guideline…

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www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/enr.asp?TopicID=316&AreaID=2
91&LinkID=316 for links to other sources of
information on MS).

If you have questions about the specific treatments
and options covered, talk to your health worker
(doctor, nurse, therapist or other person depending on
what it is you want to know).


How guidelines are used in the NHS

In…

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If you want to read the other versions of this
guideline

There are three versions of this guideline:

· this one

· the `NICE guideline', Multiple sclerosis: management
in primary and secondary care, which has been
issued to people working in the NHS

· the full guideline, which contains all…

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Key messages for you and your
health workers

The guideline that NICE has issued to the NHS
contains many specific recommendations about the
sort of care a person with MS should receive in the
NHS and these are covered on the following pages.
Some of the recommendations in the guideline…

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· Every person who is suspected of having MS should
be rapidly* referred to a specialist neurology
service. Every person should be seen again after all
investigations needed to make a diagnosis have
been completed. People should be told how long
they have to wait for the first referral and…

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