Although outpatient treatment by multidisciplinary specialists is recommended for various medical and social problems that arise with the progression of ALS symptoms, it is not sufficiently widespread in Japan due to medical costs and the availability of medical staff. To elucidate the effects of the ALS clinic on patients, this study examined emergency hospitalization and survival rates of ALS patients. The results suggested that ALS clinics are involved in reducing multiple emergency hospitalizations and improving the survival rate of ALS patients.
The future diffusion and further development of multidisciplinary clinics for ALS in Japan is expected.
Journal of Clinical Neuroscience December 22, 2022 issue
Multidisciplinary clinic contributes to the decreasing trend in the number of emergency hospitalizations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Japan
Tatsuki Sugisawa, Harumi Morioka, Takehisa Hirayama, Osamu Kano, Satoru Ebihara