The Use of Technology to Improve MS Clinical Trials and Patient Care

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Johns Hopkins University
Updated on 27 May 2022
disease or disorder
glatiramer acetate
dimethyl fumarate


Many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience "relapses" of disease activity during which they have increased numbness, weakness, visual problems, or other symptoms. If a person with MS has new symptoms that are concerning to them, their doctor may want to see them in the office in order to confirm that these symptoms are due to a true "relapse" of activity before starting relapse treatment. This requirement can be frustrating for patients, who may have to take time off from work or travel long distances for such unexpected doctors' visits. In this study, the investigators will use input from patients with MS and MS physicians to create a relapse questionnaire that can be used to confirm a relapse has occurred. The investigators will also evaluate if having a more direct line of communication with the provider's office improves overall patient care and satisfaction.


This research is being done to study if a relapse questionnaire for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may help more easily determine if a relapse has occurred.

A further goal of this study is to determine if receiving periodic messages from the doctor's office, as well as having the direct contact information of a person in the office, improves the care of the patients and their experience thereof.

Condition Multiple Sclerosis
Treatment Communication with the clinic
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02454907
SponsorJohns Hopkins University
Last Modified on27 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

English speakers
Relapsing-remitting MS (2010 criteria)
Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤6.0
Possession of a smartphone OR of a mobile telephone with text messaging AND an e-mail account AND web access OR willingness to be provided with, and utilize, a smartphone for the duration of the study
In the two years before screening
at least two relapses, OR one relapse and two new lesions (unrelated to relapse symptoms)
on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), OR RRMS (MAGNIMS 2010 criteria) onset within the past
year with no exposure to disease modifying therapies (DMT)
Patient is starting one of the following MS therapies: injectable (subcutaneous
interferon beta or glatiramer acetate) or oral (fingolimod, teriflunomide, or dimethyl
fumarate) therapies
Lives within 100 miles of Johns Hopkins Medical Center (Baltimore, MD)
Relapse and MRI activity occurred while untreated or despite one single treatment, and
no change in therapy since that activity

Exclusion Criteria

History of DMT exposure if MAGNIMS 2010 criteria used to enroll patients with disease
onset in the past year, or change in MS therapy since qualifying relapse/MRI criteria
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