NP Connections: The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Multiple Sclerosis Care

Nurse practitioners in primary care settings are on the first line to recognize motor, sensory, and cognitive deficits that may help establish a diagnosis of MS. While referral to a neurologist is often made, patients with chronic illnesses such as MS often return to the primary care setting for management. In their multi-faceted roles of administrators, educators, collaborators, consultants, researchers and advocates, nurse practitioners are in a position to help identify and manage relapses, symptoms and treatment-related side effects that all can affect the course of the disease.