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Emotional support around the time of multiple sclerosis diagnosis, relapse, or transition to secondary progressive stage

Project fact file

Professor Roshan dasNair and Dr Nikos Evangelou
School / Division
Divisions of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, and Clinical Neuroscience
psychological support psychological interventions service developments complex interventions Multiple Sclerosis
Fee band
Low cost research
Date posted
November 2017

Project description

There are three time periods that are particularly stressful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The time around the diagnosis of MS is challenging for people with MS and their families, given the protracted nature of the diagnosis and the uncertainty it produces. The significance of this issue has been highlighted by the MS Society, who have funded our 3 year project (Providing Emotional Support around the point of MS Diagnosis – PrEliMS).

Another time where people with MS need support is when they have a relapse, which can be a scary, lonely, and distressing time for patients and their families. Currently, unfortunately, service provision is sparse and it takes a long time for people can access psychological services (this is particularly problematic during a relapse).

Finally, some people will be told that from a relapsing remitting type of MS they are transitioning to a secondary progressive stage. This is another stressful time for people, because people will now have more severe and increasing disabilities to contend with.

My team is interested in developing and evaluating how to provide psychological therapies (including online/telephone support) to these groups in a timely and coordinated fashion.

If you decide to work on this project, you will be working with a postdoctoral researcher, PhD scholar and a research assistant, in addition to the multidisciplinary clinical and research team. 

Available to Home/EU/international students.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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