Collaborative seeks to improve multiple sclerosis care

LEBANON, N.H. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is taking part in a first-of-its-kind collaborative to improve the quality of care for people living with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system.

About 2.6 million people in United State are affected by MS. And while advances in treatment are being made there still is no cure.

"This collaborative, called the MS Continuous Quality Improvement Collaborative, will gather MS centers from around the country, study what they are doing and the outcomes they are getting, sharing the results of that across the collaborative, and leverage that data to improve outcomes for all people with MS," said Brant Oliver, a DHMC principal investigator.

By this summer, 10,000 patients, at eight different MS centers will be taking part in the study.