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Case studies NHS Service improvement

Measuring the burden of hospitalisation in multiple sclerosis

Care for people with MS, especially unplanned care, is currently a huge burden to the NHS

The scenario

In order to fully support the Generating Evidence in Multiple Sclerosis Service (GEMSS) research undertaken by the MS Trust, Wilmington Healthcare undertook detailed analysis of hospital episodes statistics (HES) data to understand why people were being admitted to hospital. This was in an effort to provide an outline of which issues should receive focus in order to improve the outcomes of people with MS. This work was supported through a grant for Biogen Ltd, who had no involvement with the report.

The objective

To identify the main reasons for emergency admission in multiple sclerosis which enables hospital trusts and CCGs to understand the main areas they need to address to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital admissions.

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The outcome / Results

A detailed analysis of HES data has been published as a joint report by the MS Trust and Wilmington Healthcare. This report, first launched at the MS Trust Annual Conference, was also shared by Public Health England and the National Clinical Director for Neurology.

The main reasons for emergency admission in multiple sclerosis were found to be bladder management and bladder infections, constipation and MS relapse.