Recognizing the Importance of Cultural Barriers in Early MS Diagnosis and Improved Outcomes: Dr. Imitola Discusses the VISIBL-MS Tool

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 cultural barriers in improving the trajectory of MS patients. He highlighted the impact that recognizing the signs of MS early enough can have in avoiding or delaying disability and progression.

During a recent podcast episode on UConn Health Pulse, Dr. Imitola emphasized the significance of the first 15 months of the disease, stating that whatever occurs during this time can greatly affect a patient’s condition 15 years later. 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.

Working with medical students and collaborators from various institutions, Dr. Imitola introduced this new bilingual resource to assist patients, providers, and future providers in addressing cultural barriers associated with the disease. 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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