Detecting and treating depression in Australians with multiple sclerosis: how can we improve?

Takeaway

  • People with multiple sclerosis receive little information from healthcare providers about the prevalence or manifestations of depression.

Why this matters

  • Despite its high prevalence in people with multiple sclerosis, depression is not formally assessed through multiple sclerosis healthcare services and is therefore often undetected, untreated and undertreated.

  • This important study reports the findings of a qualitative analysis from the affected individual’s perspective and highlights the need for greater education about the prevalence of depression in multiple sclerosis.