Breaking Language Barriers: Using VISIBL-MS to Improve Early Identification and Care for MS Patients

Podcast: a Multilingual Resource for Early Detection of MS Symptoms

Dr. Jaime Imitola, the director of the UConn Health Multiple Sclerosis Center, recently discussed the importance of overcoming cultural barriers in improving the trajectory of MS patients. He emphasized that recognizing the signs of MS early enough can have a significant impact on avoiding or delaying disability and progression.

Working with medical students and collaborators from various institutions, Dr. Imitola introduced a new bilingual resource called “VISIBL-MS” to assist patients, providers, and future providers in addressing cultural barriers associated with the disease. The VISIBL-MS tool aims to facilitate the early identification of MS symptoms, leading to timely intervention and improved outcomes for individuals living with the disease.

On a recent episode of the UConn Health Pulse Podcast, Dr. Imitola emphasized the significance of the first 15 months of the disease, stating that whatever occurs during this time can greatly affect a patient’s condition 15 years later. 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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