Successful relapse management of multiple sclerosis (MS) requires a multidisciplinary team that is involved during the multiple stages of patient care, according to a presentation at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting.

“MS care takes a team-based approach,” said presenter Colleen Harris, MN, NP, MSCN, of the University of Calgary Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in an interview with Neurology Advisor. “Often it may be a nurse at the frontline recognizing some symptoms suggestive of a relapse. Then it is confirmed by either a [nurse practitioner] or neurologist in the field of MS. And if there is significant functional impact, we rely on our rehab colleagues to assist us in full recovery.”

In all, she said the MS team includes neurologists; nurses; support staff; urologists; neuropsychologists; speech therapists; physical, recreational and occupational therapists; social workers/counselors; ancillary services; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

During her presentation, Harris also defined MS relapse, which she said is new symptoms of neurological dysfunction or worsening of symptoms that have been stable for the last 30 days of acute or subacute onset and lasting more than 24 hours.

Although there has not been much change over the years with regard to relapse treatment, she said what has changed is the meaning of relapse.

This article originally appeared on Neurology Advisor