Multiprofessional Care Integration Challenges


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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March 12th 2021 - March 27th 2021
António Lopes (PT, MSc) , 
Hugo Santos (PT, MSc)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease. It is characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons in the brain, spinal cord and brain stem, leading to overall muscle weakness. Due to the various clinical phenotypes of ALS, and the consequent highly variable presentation of patients, the great variability in prognosis and the typically rapid and progressive nature of functional decline, is a constant challenge for health professionals treating these patients to develop plans interventions. Thus, it is of fundamental relevance that the professionals have a solid understanding of the nature and evolution of the disease, in order to solve the problems of the patient's current status andanticipate future problems.

This course summarizes current concepts about the origin of the disease, what factors predispose patients to develop the disorder and discuss why ALS cases are not the same. It is focused on the current aspects of ALS and where research is going - from small improvements in the extent of longevity to the evolution of therapeutic interventions.

The disease is approached from a functional perspective in order to understand what limitations 1) can be restored and for how long; 2) require immediate compensatory strategies or interventions; 3) require referral to different health professionals.
Course for all health professionals working in the area of neurorehabilitation and / or palliative care
  1. To deepen knowledge about the clinical aspects of ALS.
  2. To acquire knowledge about the most recent guidelines in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of ALS.
  3. To identify relevant assessment tools to assess the functional problems of users with ALS.
  4. To develop competencies to devise appropriate intervention programs that address the different needs of a patient with ALS.
  5. To apply clinical reasoning skills in clinical decision making, taking into account the stage of the disease and the severity of the condition.
  6. To acquire bibliographic search and analysis skills in the area.
  • Curriculum vitae including certificate of academic qualifications or professional certificate, a proof of professional practice in the area of neurorehabilitation and a letter of motivation for the theme of the course.