Clinical Practice Guidelines
Care of the Patient with Multiple Sclerosis
AANN and ARN Clinical Practice Guideline Series
The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) has partnered with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) in the development of this guideline. This is the second guideline to be developed collaboratively between AANN and ARN and promotes evidence-based practice for the adult patient with multiple sclerosis (MS) across the continuum of care.
Nursing care of patients with MS and their families or care partners has evolved from a focus on interventions during periods of crisis to a focus on symptom management, wellness, prevention of disease worsening, and empowerment. The goal of these guidelines is to offer evidence-based recommendations on nursing activities that have the potential to maximize outcomes for adults with MS. Not all recommendations concern activities independently performed by registered nurses, but nurses are responsible for implementing and monitoring the outcomes of these activities. The evidence presented here may help nurses make appropriate choices when caring for patients with MS. Dependent on scope of practice regulations, advanced practice nurses may have independent or collaborative responsibilities for activity performance, thus this guideline may assist them in the management of patients with MS.
There is no cost to view and download this clinical practice guideline. 2.0 nursing contact hours are available upon successful completion of the post-test and the evaluation. An additional fee applies for these contact hours for nonmembers.
Continuing Nursing Education
1. Describe risk factors for developing, clinical features and the classification of MS.
Continuing Nursing Education Credit
The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is co-provided by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN).
None of the authors or planners has anything to disclose related to this activity.