Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis: Optimizing Care of African American and Hispanic Populations

Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis: Optimizing Care of African American and Hispanic Populations

Disparities in Multiple Sclerosis: Optimizing Care of African American and Hispanic Populations

Explore the differences in Multiple Sclerosis epidemiology, including disease characteristics, regarding African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white patients.

Available credits: 0.25

Time to complete: 15-minutes


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  • Overview

    Historically, multiple sclerosis (MS) has been considered a disease seen largely in the non-Hispanic white population, but more recent research has proven that is not the case. In minority populations, MS is distinguished by differences in disease onset, presentation, and course. The clinical picture for minority patients is also complicated, but the fact is that optimization of care for these patients is often difficult because they are underrepresented in clinical trials, resulting in limited evidence from which clinicians can base decisions about treatment and follow-up.

  • Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. GLC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.

    Shiv Saidha MBBCh, MD, MRCPI
    Associate Professor of Neurology,
    Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD

    Consulting Fees: Biogen, Celgene, EMD Serono, Genentech
    Research Funding: Biogen, Genentech
    Equity: June Brain (retinal imaging device developer/manufacturer)

    Megan R. Weigel, DNP, ARNP-c, MSCN
    Nurse Practitioner
    First Coast Integrative Medicine
    Jacksonville, FL

    Consulting Fees: Biogen, Celgen (BMS), Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme, Viela Bio
    Speakers Bureau: Celgene (BMS), Novartis, Sanofi Genzyme, Viela Bio

    Mitzi Joi Williams, MD
    Neurologist, MS Specialist
    Joi Life Wellness Group
    Mableton, GA

    Consulting Fees: Biogen, BMS, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Sanofi
    Speakers Bureau: Abbvie, Biogen, BMS, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Sanofi, TEVA

    Reviewers/Content Planners/Authors:

    • Cathy Aubel has nothing to disclose.
    • Ann Early has nothing to disclose.
    • Nick Lombardi discloses Ownership Interest in Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
    • Libby Lurwick has nothing to disclose.
    • Brian T. McDonough, MD, FAAP has nothing to disclose.
    • Tricia O’Leary has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Explain differences in MS epidemiology among African American, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic white populations
    • Describe the key risk factors for MS in African American and Hispanic populations and the complications for which these populations are at risk
    • Review the safety and efficacy of current and emerging agents for MS, with particular attention to African American and Hispanic populations
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses who treat patients with multiple sclerosis.

  • Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

    Global Learning Collaborative is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Global Learning Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Provider

    Prova Education, designs and executes continuing education founded on evidence-based medicine, clinical need, gap analysis, learner feedback, and more. Our mission is to serve as an inventive and relevant resource for clinical content and educational interventions across a broad spectrum of specialties. 

    Prova Education's methodology demonstrates a commitment to continuing medical education and the innovative assessment of its effects. Our goal is clear—to develop and deliver the very best education in the most impactful manner and to verify its results with progressive outcomes research. 

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Biogen, and Celgene Corporation, a Bristol Myers Squibb company.

  • Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of GLC and Prova Education. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of Prova Education you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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