The importance of communication in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

Elena Tsantes, Caterina Senesi, Erica Curti, Franco Granella

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/cmi.v6i2.626

Abstract

The recent improvements in multiple sclerosis therapy have lead to consequent improvements in its prognosis: however, it still remains a chronic and unpredictable disease. The moment of the diagnosis is the starting point of a durable relationship between the physician and the patient, but, most of all, it is often referred to as the most traumatic experience in patients’ life. Patients’ compliance to prescribed therapies, so important in the course of every chronic condition, particularly hangs on the psychological approach used by the doctor in communicating and explaining the diagnosis for the first time, in addition to the patient’s personality. A brief overview on the main types of physicians’ and patients’ behaviours and communications styles is provided in this article.

Keywords

Multiple sclerosis; Communicating diagnosis; Physician’s psychological approach; Obstacles to diagnosis communication

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