A mapping review of international guidance on the management and care of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Astrid I W A Janssens, Marijke Ruytings, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Adriano Chio, Orla Hardiman, Christopher J. Mcdermott, Thomas Meyer, Gabriele Mora, Philip Van Damme, Leonard H. Van Den Berg, Kris Vanhaecht, Andrea S. Winkler, Walter Sermeus

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Management of ALS is suboptimal. Consequently, quality improvement interventions are needed to improve ALS care. An evidence-based insight into how patients should be managed is essential when developing quality improvement interventions. Therefore, this study aimed to map, categorize and summarize international guidance on the management and care of ALS and to identify gaps in this guidance by means of a mapping review. Literature was searched for clinical practice guidelines, quality indicators and evidence-based clinical summaries. A content analysis and meta-synthesis of the included literature was performed. Interventions and outcomes used in the management and care of ALS were identified and categorized. Furthermore, the amount of guidance underpinning these interventions and outcomes was analysed. Six clinical practice guidelines, one set of quality indicators and three evidence-based clinical summaries were identified. The results demonstrated that certain domains in ALS care, mainly disease-specific domains such as breathing and swallowing, are extensively addressed in the literature whereas other subjects, such as care coordination, receive little attention. In conclusion, this mapping review provides a scientific basis for targeting and developing the clinical content of a quality improvement intervention for the management of ALS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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