MS in self-identified Hispanic/Latino individuals living in the US

Lilyana Amezcua, Jorge R. Oksenberg, Jacob L. McCauley

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Abstract

Self-identified Hispanic/Latino individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the continental United States (US) are a diverse group that represents different cultural and ancestral backgrounds. A marked variability in the way MS affects various subgroups of Hispanics in the US has been observed. We reviewed and synthesized available data about MS in Hispanics in the US. There are likely a host of multifactorial elements contributing to these observations that could be explained by genetic, environmental, and social underpinnings. Barriers to adequate MS care in Hispanics are likely to include delivery of culturally competent care and social and economic disadvantages. Considerable efforts, including the formation of a national consortium known as the Alliance for Research in Hispanic Multiple Sclerosis (ARHMS), are underway to help further explore these various factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • clinical presentation
  • epidemiology
  • Latino/Hispanic
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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