What is this project about?
More than 2.3 million people are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) worldwide, although many people, especially in rural areas, may have limited access to clinicians who are knowledgeable about MS. ECHO stands for Extension for Community Health Care Options. Project ECHO for MS is a collaborative effort between the University of Washington (UW) and the National MS Society where we partner with physicians in underserved areas to increase the capacity in the treatment and management of MS. The MS Project ECHO provides primary care clinicians and other specialists with access to:
- UW Specialists in neurology, rehabilitation medicine, psychology and other specialists who care for patients with MS
- Presentations on various topics such as the diagnosis, treatment, and management of MS
- Intensive group case consultation on cases provided by rural primary care clinicians
- Go-to resources for rural providers and patients provided by the National MS Society
- CME credits per hour of participation
What does this project involve?
The ECHO sessions are a weekly telemedicine conference (audio and video) in which rotating UW experts in MS present 15 minutes didactics (such as disease modifying therapies or mobility), followed by case studies in which rural primary care providers present their patients for discussion and one-on-one support.
For more in-depth information, please see MS Project ECHO.
About the researchers:
Kurt Johnson, PhD, is a Rehabilitation Psychologist who is an expert in the secondary conditions experienced by patients with MS. He is also interested in vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, and disability policy.