Multidisciplinary ALS/Neuromuscular Disease Clinic
The multidisciplinary neuromuscular disease clinic is a model in which patients with certain chronic neuromuscular disorders are evaluated and treated by a variety of specialists each visit. The multidisciplinary model aims to evaluate patients from a 360 degree perspective and address issues in a collaborative manner. Typical clinics will have a neuromuscular medicine neurologist, clinical nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant, physical and/or occupational therapists, speech and language pathologist, medical social worker, respiratory therapist, and sometimes dieticians, chaplains, and psychologists. During these clinics, patients will see each one of these specialists. These specialists will meet before and after the clinic to discuss each patient as a team to determine their course of treatment sharing the decision making process with patients and caregivers.