The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis center: A model of multidisciplinary management

Jay J. Han, Gregory T. Carter, Thomas W. Hecht, Nancy E. Schuman, Michael D. Weiss, Lisa S. Krivickas

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Abstract

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive motor neuron disorder, is a devastating disease that poses myriad clinical problems. Patients with ALS are best cared for in a multidisciplinary fashion with the involvement of a variety of clinicians, including neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, pulmonary medicine specialists, clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, and case managers. This article provides a summary of the current research into the etiology of ALS and then outlines the diagnostic evaluation and rehabilitative management of ALS in the context of a multidisciplinary ALS center approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Bulbar palsy
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Neuron disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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