Northwestern’s First Annual Updates in the Diagnosis and Management of ALS

Date & Location
Friday, September 28, 2018, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Prentice Conference Center, Chicago, IL

Target Audience
Family Practice, General Practice, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease that presents in many forms, but ultimately will require full care giver support and lead to death. As the disease progresses, it effects patients ability to move, breath, speak, eat, swallow and all other aspects of activities of daily living.

  1. Identify the signs and symptoms associated with ALS and understand the diagnostic criteria to clarify the diagnosis and when to refer to a tertiary care center.
  2. Explain the clinical importance and availability of respiratory care therapies for patients living with ALS, both noninvasive ventilation and airway clearance, and how to qualify patients for these therapies.
  3. Describe the role of early dietary interventions, both supplements and gastrostomy tubes, and the methods proven to be safest for patients.
  4. Review the role of speech therapy in the treatment of ALS, both early assessment of swallowing dysfunction and review of the newer technology available for communication.
  5. Identify the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of ALS, for mobility and positioning.
  6. Explain the role of exercise in the treatment of ALS.
  7. Review the available resources in the community to support both the patient and the caregivers.

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The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

"This course has been approved for continuing education hours for occupational therapy practitioners by the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association.”