Observational studies and registries can play a critical role in elucidating the natural and treated history of multiple sclerosis (MS) and identifying factors associated with outcomes such as disability and health-related quality of life. The North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) Registry is one of multiple registries worldwide that focuses on people with MS, but one of the very few patient-driven MS registries. On the 25th anniversary of the first data collection for the NARCOMS Registry, we discuss the importance of disease registries in the MS field, describe key concepts related to registry design and management, and highlight findings from MS registries relevant to clinical care or health policy. Int J MS Care. 2021;23:276-284.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing