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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS

Listen to Patricia Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP
discuss shared decision-making and its role
in MS rehabilitation
Table 4: Roles of MS Rehabilitation Specialists22
Specialist

Role

Physiatrist

* Direct and coordinate delivery of care for persons with MS
* Manage treatment of MS symptoms as well as common disorders secondary to
MS (eg, fatigue, gait, spasticity, neurogenic bowel and bladder issues)

Physician assistant

* Manage treatment of MS symptoms as well as common disorders secondary to
MS (eg, fatigue, gait, spasticity, neurogenic bowel and bladder issues)

Physical therapist

* Evaluate and address the body's ability to move and function, with particular
emphasis on walking, strength, balance, posture, fatigue, and pain

Occupational
therapist

* Provide training in energy conservation techniques and the use of adaptive
tools and devices to simplify tasks at home and work

Speech-language
pathologist

* Evaluate and treat problems with cognitive communication, speech, and/or
swallowing-all of which can result from MS-related damage in the CNS

Vocational
rehabilitation
specialist

* Offer job readiness evaluation and training, job coaching, job placement
assistance, mobility training, and assistive technology assessments
* Help people maintain their current employment or find new employment that
accommodates their needs

Neuropsychologist,
other mental health
professional

* Evaluate and treat changes in ability to think, reason, concentrate, or
remember

Nurse, nurse
practitioner

* Provide education and referrals, assist with coordinating care, promote
adherence to DMT and rehabilitation regimens, help prevent symptoms and
exacerbations

Social worker

* Provide counseling and education to support coping with MS-related
problems, assist with navigating access to rehabilitation services and resources
needed to continue functioning at work and at home, knowledgeable about
health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and disability coverage

Registered dietician

* Provide nutritional counseling through diet management to promote good
nutrition
* Develop individual care plans for each person with MS to promote good
nutritional status

registered dieticians. Nurses, physician assistants
(PAs), and social workers may also be involved in
MS rehabilitation. The roles of these rehabilitation
team members are summarized in Table 4.

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Effective communication with the patient and
among the members of the rehabilitation team is
critical to ensuring coordination of care that
efficiently and optimally addresses all of the

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