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Rutgers IFH Researcher Releases Study Showing Benefit of Telehealth for Multiple Sclerosis


A member of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research served as lead author of a recent study showing the potential of telehealth services to address health care disruption among individuals with multiple sclerosis.

In tackling high rates of health care disruption among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), a study led by investigators from the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) showed that people with MS were more likely to utilize telehealth services than people without the condition.

The study was published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with research also conducted by investigators of Kessler Foundation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and New York University

“The findings suggest that telehealth services were well liked during the pandemic. Because many individuals with MS have physical disability that may make travel more difficult, temporary expansions of telehealth coverage should be made permanent after the pandemic in order to expand access and reduce health care disparities,” said lead study author Michelle Chen, a core member of Rutgers IFH, and neurology instructor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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