Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Karen Roberts Burritt PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Second Advisor

Rebecca Davis, PhD, RN

Third Advisor

Susan Price, MSN, RN


Anxiety and depression are prevalent in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, especially those newly diagnosed. Receiving a diagnosis of MS can be overwhelming and impact patients in multiple areas including physical issues, cognitive changes and anxiety and depression (Kantor, Bright & Burtchell, 2017). This anxiety and depression can cause patients to be less engaged in their plan of care and thereby reduce their quality of life (Rieckmann, et al., 2015). According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), four of 10 MS patients are diagnosed with depression and anxiety, with the highest incidence at diagnosis (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 2014). Without a clear understanding, the information can be frustrating and highly anxiety producing. The purpose of this DNP project was to evaluate a standardized video education process for newly diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. This video was developed for implementation at a later date when organizational priorities allow. This video was developed to standardize education, create a process to assess the impact of the video education on anxiety and depression of MS patients at each clinic visit. The Health Belief Model guided the development of this toolkit. This model addresses patient perception and how their perception influences behavior (Hochbaum, 1958). Since anxiety and depression are associated with the diagnosis of MS, a process was developed for the assessment of anxiety and depression in this process.

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