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VIDEO: New MS ambulatory measure could fill clinical gap



SAN DIEGO – Although clinical tools to assess ambulatory function among people with multiple sclerosis exist, some measure it as part of a comprehensive assessment while others require the patient to answer many questions and then clinicians to calculate a score.

To devise a more targeted, simpler instrument, Emily Evans, MD, and her colleagues developed the PDAS or Patient Derived Ambulation Scale. They evaluated the correlation of this single-item scale to assess ambulation – an important measure of patient function – and evaluated how the results correlated with existing tools such as the Patient Determined Disease Steps and 12-item MS Walking Scale. Dr. Evans presented preliminary findings at the ACTRIMS Forum 2018, held by the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

“We feel this is a quick test that can be readily implemented into clinical practice,” Dr. Evans, a neurologist at the John L. Trotter MS Center at Washington University in St. Louis, said in a video interview.

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