ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics – A Model That’s Making a Difference

 Published: February 26, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer


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As part of the Big Ideas Theater 2019, Director of Chapter Care Services at The ALS Association, Cynthia Knoche, RRT, BBA, discusses the need for respiratory therapists in the care of patients with ALS and how they work with other medical experts to create the best care possible.

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Knoche explains that since the ALS ice bucket challenge, which went viral back in the summer of 2014, researchers have made progress in the treatment of patients with the disease. ALS is a progressive disease that results in weakened muscles and deformity, which means patients breathing can be affected severely. Knoche discusses how respiratory therapists play a role in working with physical therapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers in these multidisciplinary clinics. ALS causes many patients to succumb to respiratory failure, increasing the demand for RTs in these type settings.

Big Ideas Theater 2019 was filmed at the AARC Congress 2019 in New Orleans, LA. Congress speaker and lecturers shared their expertise and insights during these brief interviews.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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