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CMSC 2023 | Importance of mobile accessibility for advanced MS patients

Alexander Burnham, MS, CCC-SLP, MSCS, The Boston Home, Dorchester, MA, discusses the importance of mobile accessibility for people with advanced multiple sclerosis (MS). Aggressive progression of MS means that patients can require 24-hour care before the age of 60, which is much younger than the average age of people in 24-hour care. This has led to a community-based experience with more current technology. Dr. Burnham describes an outpatient program that works with MS patients who live relatively independently but will require more care as their condition progresses. They attempt to maintain communication with family and caregivers for these patients by using familiar technology, as well as maintaining contact with trusted allied health professionals such as dieticians and acupuncturists. This interview took place at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Congress 2023 in Aurora, CO.

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Alexander Burnham is a salaried employee of the Boston Home, Inc, the primary clinical site where he completes outcomes research.