Palliative Care Issues in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: An Evidenced-Based Review

Chafic Karam, Sabrina Paganoni, Nanette Joyce, Gregory T. Carter, Richard Bedlack

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Abstract

As palliative care physicians become increasingly involved in the care of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), they will be asked to provide guidance regarding the use of supplements, diet, exercise, and other common preventive medicine interventions. Moreover, palliative care physicians have a crucial role assisting patients with ALS in addressing health care decisions to maximize quality of life and cope with a rapidly disabling disease. It is therefore important for palliative care physicians to be familiar with commonly encountered palliative care issues in ALS. This article provides an evidenced-based review of palliative care options not usually addressed in national and international ALS guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-92
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • alternative medicine
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • hospice
  • palliative care
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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