Beyond Boundaries: Overcoming Cultural Barriers in MS Care through Innovative Tools and Strategies

Podcast: a Multilingual Resource for Early Detection of MS Symptoms

Dr. Jaime Imitola, director of the UConn Health Multiple Sclerosis Center, emphasized the importance of addressing cultural barriers in improving the lives of MS patients. He highlighted the significance of recognizing early signs of MS and how it can help prevent or delay disability and progression.

Working with medical students and collaborators from different institutions, Dr. Imitola introduced a new bilingual resource called “VISIBL-MS” to assist patients, providers, and future providers in overcoming cultural barriers associated with the disease.

During a recent podcast episode on UConn Health Pulse, Dr. Imitola emphasized the significance of the first 15 months of the disease and how it can greatly impact a patient’s condition years later. The VISIBL-MS tool aims to facilitate early identification of MS symptoms, leading to timely intervention and improved outcomes for individuals living with the disease.

By utilizing this resource, patients and healthcare professionals can work together to overcome cultural obstacles and provide effective care for those affected by MS.

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