Rapid transfer of knowledge for multiple sclerosis clinical care during COVID-19: ECHO MS

Kevin N. Alschuler, Gloria von Geldern, Darren Ball, Kathleen Costello, Mark Skeen, Salim Chahin, Annette Wundes

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Background: Healthcare providers caring for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had significant concerns about the intersection of MS and COVID-19. As a result, there has been an urgency to understand and share information about how to best provide MS clinical care during COVID-19. The Project ECHO model is well-suited for this challenge, as it provides a uniquely efficient and effective approach to sharing information in real-time using real cases. We report on the translation of the Project ECHO model for the rapid sharing of knowledge among MS clinical providers during COVID-19. Methods: The ECHO MS COVID-19 Response Clinic was a videoconference-based education and case consultation program offered to providers in the U.S. who care for individuals with MS. The Response Clinic was offered as four sessions, each delivered by three regional hubs. Data were collected on participation and the self-reported impact of the program. Results: A total of 132 unique providers participated in the Response Clinic, which consisted of 11 didactic modules and 43 case consultations. Participant providers overwhelmingly indicated that the program improved their knowledge, attitude, and skills for providing healthcare for people with MS during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion: The Project ECHO model was successfully adapted to serve the needs of the MS community during COVID-19, suggesting the program could be continued or could be expanded to other disease areas for a similar purpose. More research is needed to objectively measure the impact of the program on patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102600
JournalMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • CME
  • COVID-19
  • Methods of education
  • Multiple sclerosis


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