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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
SJR: 0.121 SNIP: 0.228 CiteScore™: 0.17

ISSN Imprimer: 0896-2960
ISSN En ligne: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v15.i1.20
20 pages

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center: A Model of Multidisciplinary Management

Jay J. Han
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Gregory T. Carter
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Thomas W. Hecht
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Nancy E. Schuman
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; University of Washington School of Nursing
Michael D. Weiss
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center; Department of Neurology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Lisa S. Krivickas
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard University

RÉSUMÉ

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.