How Recognizing Cultural Barriers Can Improve Multiple Sclerosis Outcomes: Introducing VISIBL-MS Resource

Podcast: a Multilingual Resource for Early Detection of MS Symptoms

Dr. Jaime Imitola, the director of the UConn Health Multiple Sclerosis Center, recently discussed the importance of addressing cultural barriers in improving the trajectory of MS patients. He highlighted how recognizing the signs of MS early enough can have a significant impact on a patient’s condition and help avoid or delay disability and progression.

In collaboration with medical students and professionals from various institutions, Dr. Imitola introduced a new bilingual resource called “VISIBL-MS” to assist patients, providers, and future providers in addressing cultural barriers associated with the disease. The VISIBL-MS tool aims to facilitate the early identification of MS symptoms, leading to timely intervention and improved outcomes for individuals living with the disease.

During an episode of the UConn Health Pulse Podcast, Dr. Imitola emphasized the significance of the first 15 months of MS, stating that whatever occurs during this time can greatly affect a patient’s condition 15 years later. By utilizing this resource, patients and healthcare professionals can work together to overcome cultural obstacles and provide effective care for those affected by MS.

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