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Program Detail

Release Date: October-28-16
Credit Expiration Date: October-28-17


Barbara S. Giesser, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center
Clinical Director, Multiple Sclerosis Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Lawrence M. Samkoff, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Attending Neurologist
Neuroimmunology Unit
Department of Neurology
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Kirstin Nygren, MSN, NP, MSCN
Nurse Practitioner, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
Department of Neurology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Credit Hours

CME: 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
ANCC: 0.75 contact hours



Program Description

This activity, the first in a 3-part series focused on shared decision making and patient-centered care in MS, will examine the practice of motivational interviewing (MI) and how it can help clinicians prompt patients to think about their diagnosis and therapeutic options. The management of MS is increasingly challenging due to the wide variation in the clinical course for each patient, an increasing number of therapeutic options, and evolving best practices. Neurologists and other clinicians on the multidisciplinary MS care team have the opportunity to improve outcomes for patients with MS by supporting the tailored use of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) and engaging patients more fully in their own care.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for neurologists, mental health specialists, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs) as well as nurses and other professionals who care for patients and families affected by MS.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Implement the core principles of motivational interviewing (MI) to enhance shared decision making for MS treatments.
  2. Adopt a shared decision-making approach to starting treatment with MS disease-modifying therapy (DMT).
  3. Identify and overcome patient barriers to starting treatment.


Barbara S. Giesser, MD, has disclosed the following relationship:
Grant/Research support from Biogen.

Lawrence M. Samkoff, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Kirstin Nygren, MSN, NP, MSCN, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Laurie Scudder, DNP, NP, has served as Nurse Planner and Reviewer for this activity. She has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CMSC and NPA staff involved in the development and review of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Barbara J. Martin, MD, medical writer, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Kathleen Hines, MCM Education VP, Editorial Affairs, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Terry Ann Glauser, MD, MPH, MCM Education VP, Medical Affairs, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Credit Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Nurse Practitioner Alternatives (NPA), and MCM Education. CMSC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CMSC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Alternatives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NPA designates this enduring activity for 0.75 continuing nursing education credits.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc. and Genzyme, a Sanofi Company.


Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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