Day 23 of ALS Awareness Month: Attending an ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic is proven to be at least as effective as Riluzole in slowing ALS.
Early studies showed 7-9 months increased survival for those seen at a multidisciplinary clinic over regular visits to a neurologist. Stephen receives his care at the largest such clinic in Massachusetts, at MGH Neurology. At one clinic visit of about 2 hours, a patient can see and ask questions of a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, research coordinator, speech therapist, and respiratory therapist. To make appointments for all these specialists individually would exhaust any patient’s patience! A Multidisciplinary Clinic is one of the absolute best ways to help persons with ALS. For those who live too far from the clinic, MGH uses telemedicine, which is improving every year.