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A collaborative care pathway to reduce multiple sclerosis admissions to secondary care

Multiple sclerosis (MS) rapid response nursing service designed to reduce hospital stays. Evidence of cost effectiveness as well as increased patient satisfaction.

Author: D. Quinn
Journal: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing  2011  7  (2)  497-499
Year:  2011

A multiple sclerosis (MS) nursing team has developed a rapid response service to reduce hospital inpatient stays. This is done through partnership with the local acute hospital and GPs to develop a care pathway for people with MS to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions through accident and emergency, acute admissions unit and the out of hours service.

This rapid response service is driven by patient choice, bringing care closer to home, reducing costs, increasing earlier diagnosis, enhancing speciality for MS in the community and reducing infection risks due to decreased hospital stays and user support. People with MS who have received this service have found it effective and efficient, and report that it accelerated their recovery and improved the patient journey.

Cost savings were also identified that secured the funding of an additional 7 hours of MS nursing time to facilitate the project.

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