The benefit of evolving multidisciplinary care in ALS: a diagnostic cohort survival comparison

Sarah Martin, Emma Trevor-Jones, Sabyha Khan, Keelan Shaw, Deepti Marchment, Anna Kulka, Catherine E Ellis, Rachel Burman, Martin R Turner, Liam Carroll, Leah Mursaleen, P Nigel Leigh, Christopher E Shaw, Neil Pearce, Daniel Stahl, Ammar Al-Chalabi

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BACKGROUND: Care for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has altered at King's College Hospital over the last 20 years. The clinic has been a multidisciplinary, specialist, tertiary referral centre since 1995 with a large team with integrated palliative and respiratory care since 2006. We hypothesised that these changes would improve survival.

METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, patients diagnosed with El Escorial definite, probable and possible ALS between 1995-1998 and 2008-2011 were followed up. The primary outcome measure was a chi-square test for the proportion of each cohort surviving. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox multivariate regression were secondary analyses.

RESULTS: There was low reporting of some interventions. Five hundred and forty-seven people were included. Survival between the cohorts was significantly different (p = 0.022) with a higher proportion surviving during 2008-2011. Survival time was 21.6 (95% CI 19.2-24.0) months in the 2008-2011 cohort compared to 19.2 years (15.6-21.6) in the 1995-1998 cohort (log rank p = 0.018). Four hundred and ninety-three cases were included in the Cox regression. Diagnostic cohort was a significant predictor variable (HR 0.79 (0.64-0.97) p = 0.023).

CONCLUSIONS: These results support the hypothesis that integrated specialist clinics with multidisciplinary input improve survival in ALS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis & frontotemporal degeneration
Early online date18 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2017


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