Author(s): Davis M, Lou JS
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Abstract PURPOSE: This article reviews characteristics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and appropriate timing of referrals by the nurse practitioner (NP). DATA SOURCES: Selected research and clinical articles. CONCLUSION: Management of patients with ALS by the NP requires anticipation of needed referrals based on symptom assessment and knowledge of the common timeline of ALS progression. Close collaboration with specialists such as neurologists, pulmonologists, and a palliative care team provides patients and families with much needed support and improves outcomes. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Anticipating and initiating appropriate and timely referrals for patients with ALS may improve quality of life for patients with this devastating condition. ©2011 The Author(s) Journal compilation ©2011 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
This article was published in J Am Acad Nurse Pract
and referenced in Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine