Thursday, May 7, 2015

Comorbidity and Patient-Centered Research

The five most prevalent disorders occurring simultaneously with multiple sclerosis were depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chronic lung disease. The most prevalent autoimmune diseases occurring with MS were thyroid disease and psoriasis. The types of cancer that occurred most often in people with MS were cervical, breast, and digestive system cancers.

Some disorders were found more often than expected based on previous research, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, seizure disorders, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and alcohol abuse.

PCORI, Comorbidity, Research, and YOU!

A number of writers here at, including myself, have encouraged you to join iConquerMS™ which is a Patient-Powered Research Network (PPRN) initially funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

I hope that you have taken the time to register and begin participating in this unique patient-driven research initiative at Everybody with MS, even those who have experienced a case of Clinically Isolated Syndrome or Radiologically Isolated Syndrome are welcome to contribute. Also, you may participate at iConquerMS™ regardless of comorbidities, treatment choices, or other factors. A complex and diverse patient population is desirable.

Expand Your Participation in Patient-Driven Research

There are currently 18 PPRNs established as part of PCORnet. The following list includes just some of the diseases which have a dedicated research network:

Read this post in its entirety:
Look Beyond MS to Advance Patient-Centered Research

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