The treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has come a long way, from one approved agent in the early 1990s to more than a dozen approved disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) throughout the world. However, there are still unmet needs in the treatment and management of MS. Right now, physicians and scientists across the globe are conducting research with hopes of finding new and improved ways to diagnose, treat, and monitor people living with MS.
To communicate research results, and ultimately have a positive impact on individual care, researchers publish their work in scientific journals. For the non-scientist, scientific publications may seem complex and difficult to grasp and interpret. This guide provides useful tips that may help you to:
- understand the typical sections in scientific publications and where to locate key information
- become more informed in preparation for discussions with your healthcare provider
The typical sections in most scientific publications are: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. These sections are found across most types of publications, including those concerning clinical trials and those which look at a disease state in general. Let’s walk through the information each section usually contains: