ROME, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Serono Symposia International Foundation will gather a team of leading international experts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) meeting on May 6-7 in St.Petersburg to attend the symposium "MS Evolving management in a new scenario" during the 2011 CME Annual Meeting in Multiple Sclerosis.
With the optimization of existing therapies and the introduction of new diagnostic tools and treatments, the environment in which MS is treated is changing rapidly and there have been substantial advances in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. These innovations provide the possibility of improved clinical management, but may also present a challenge to physicians as they shape their practices for the benefit of their patients.
Therefore, when approaches evolve rapidly, continuous refinement of skills is required and this symposium aims at providing participants with a unique opportunity to debate practical issues and solutions that MS specialists will then be able to apply in this stimulating and evolving scenario. By attending the conference participants will be informed on new and improved diagnostic tools, get better skills to optimize interaction with patients, be updated on existing options to individualize treatment and discuss in an interactive setting practical issues and solutions aimed at improving outcomes.
This meeting - accredited with the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), the Italian Ministry of Health and the UK Royal College of Physicians - is divided into three plenary sessions, followed by five workshops sessions.
During the first two plenary sessions, participants will acknowledge the latest developments in assessment and monitoring of MS and learn how to achieve a patient centred approach to therapy. "This is the most innovative aspect of the meeting - commented Professor David Bates from University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and one of the Scientific Organizers of the Congress - since the previous editions were mainly directed towards presentations of novel information from the laboratory, both pathological and physiological disease, and the way experts believed that new therapies could be directed. This years' edition - Professor Bates further explained - is more Patient centric and planned to allow the experts to look at the patient's management process in order to improve it and tailor individual treatments. Therefore - Professor Bates concluded - one of the main differences is that in addition to the didactic lectures, this edition includes workshops in which small groups will be lead by an expert to investigate the most common problems that we can all learn to handle more efficiently."
Experts agree on the fact that a key factor of success is the patient's adherence to management protocols, which, indeed, may result in an improved sharing of information and decisions between healthcare professionals and patients. This meeting is designed in order to improve the way in which the experts analyze the information they receive and transform it into systems that can easily be assimilated by MS patients. The key words are "Explain the changes", an action that should help the individual to improve its adherence to therapy. Education of the patient, support to the patient and monitoring the patient. These are the three steps that experts in MS, are called to follow as in chronic diseases, compliance is one of the major problems.
"As Continuing Medical Education Partner, Serono Symposia International Foundation is committed to offer its know-how in the international scenario - said Jean Daniel Baki, Board Member and Secretary of the Board of Serono Symposia International Foundation - and we are particularly proud to organize a scientific educational event in Russia dedicated to international health care professionals and clinicians."
Serono Symposia International Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Geneva (Switzerland). It was founded to disseminate the most innovative achievements and potential developments of medical and scientific research through conferences, training courses, online courses and publications. In particular, it provides Continuing Medical Education for doctors and healthcare professionals by organizing high-level scientific programs. Over the past four decades Serono Symposia International Foundation has organized more than 1500 international scientific congresses and published more than 500 proceedings with the most important international publishers.
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