Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able:

1. To describe the epidemiology, incidence, and prevalence of MS.
2. To identify the etiology and pathophysiology of MS.
3. To state 4 disease course classifications for MS.
4. To describe 10 symptoms commonly experienced by persons with MS.
5. To identify 3 criteria used to establish a diagnosis of MS.
6. To recognize factors associated with more favorable and less favorable prognoses in MS.
7. To state principles of symptoms management for the following symptoms: fatigue, sensory problems and pain, sexual dysfunction, speech and swallowing problems, spasticity and tremor, visual disturbances and vertigo, bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction and cognitive impairment.
8. To state care management for acute MS exacerbations.
9. To identify 5 disease-modifying drugs used in MS therapy.
10. To state potential problems with adherence to disease-modifying therapy.
11. To describe psychosocial issues commonly experienced by persons with MS.
12. To state the impact of MS on family functioning.
13. To identify the incidence of MS associated depression.
14. To state principles of treatment for depression for persons with MS.
15. To state the goals of rehabilitation for a person with MS.
16. To identify roles of members of the rehabilitation team.
17. To recognize 5 challenges faced by the rehabilitation health team in providing care for persons with MS.


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