Aoife from the MS community: What should people living with MS care more about in their treatment?
Professor Dawn Langdon, Neuropsychologist: I think they should care more about being positive and assertive about their needs and their requirements. What do they need to know to manage their MS optimally and being ready to ask questions, perhaps arrive prepared with a list of questions, so that they make sure that that time with the healthcare professional, which inevitably is limited, you know, we have to work within the constraints of the real world, that that time is used really optimally to target the things that matter to them.
Because if they leave the consultation feeling dissatisfied in some way, they’re going to be, you know, disempowered, disappointed, and not motivated to really grab hold of MS and take it by the throat and, you know, not let it overwhelm them. So that’s the message I would like to offer.
Professor Dawn Langdon is Professor of Neuropsychology at Royal Holloway University of London, she is co-chair at BICAMS, her other areas of expertise focus on BRIMMS (benefits and Risks of MS medications. She has been the neuropsychological lead on multiple MS trials in the pharmaceutical industry. She is also a trustee of the UK MS Trust.