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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Triggers to Discuss End-of-Life Issues

Purpose:

To determine when to discuss end-of-life issues for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on the study of Mitsumoto and Rabkin.

Specialty:

General content (available to all)

Objective:

end-of-life, palliative care

ICD-10:

G12.2

Description:

Mitsumoto and Rabkin identified clinical findings that justify starting to talk to a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) about end-of-life issues. The trick is to time the discussion before the person descends into a terminal state. The authors are from Columbia University in New York City.

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