Building a strong health care team begins with YOU as you recruit team members with the skills and expertise to function in a coordinated way to provide you with the best care. As you work in active partnership with your team members — doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and office staff — it will become easier to identify quality care and to be empowered to communicate your needs, questions, concerns, and personal choices.
Primary care team
As a person living with multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s often easy to think of your neurologist as your primary, or most important, physician. However, you continue to need access to a primary care physician (PCP) who can take a big picture view of your health, while being available for urgent, acute, and chronic needs. For example, you would call your PCP if you suspected a urinary tract infection so that you could be quickly tested and prescribed treatment. Or if you have chronic conditions, such as hypothyroidism or high cholesterol, it is your PCP who monitors your health with routine laboratory testing and prescribes medication to treatment the condition.
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Building Your Best MS Health Care Team