Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The need for better treatments for spasticity

Vermersch P. MObility ImproVEment with spasticity in multiple sclerosis in Europe: the MOVE 1 EU study.Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2014 Dec;4(6):407-415.
SUMMARY  Aim: using a protocol similar to that of the MOVE 1 study in Germany, the multicenter, observational MOVE 1 EU study examined the burden of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related spasticity in other EU countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Poland and Portugal). Materials & Methods: A 12-month retrospective chart documentation was combined with questionnaires for physicians and patients at the time of enrollment. A total of 281 patients from neurology departments and MS units formed the per protocol population. 
Results: in most patients, MS spasticity frequently restricted daily activities and caused some/moderate problems in EQ-5D subdomains of mobility, usual activities and pain/discomfort. Overall, 48% of physicians and 34% of patients were at least partly dissatisfied with the effectiveness of available pharmacotherapy options for MS spasticity. 
Conclusion: Results of the MOVE 1 Germany and MOVE 1 EU studies are aligned and highlight the need to optimize the therapeutic management of patients with MS spasticity across Europe so as to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

This survey shows that you need better treatment or treatment strategies for the treatment of spasticity.

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