The European Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Health Profile Study. ALS-HPS Steering Group.
Jenkinson C., Swash M., Fitzpatrick R.
Quality of life is increasingly regarded as an important outcome measure in the evaluation of treatment regimes. The last decade has seen an enormous growth in the application of measures designed to assess quality of life in a vast array of medical specialities. However, the use of such measures in neurology has been limited and is virtually non-existent in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The European ALS Health Profile Study is a longitudinal survey of patients diagnosed with ALS or motor neurone disease in which patients are asked to complete questionnaires concerning their subjective health status. Data from clinical assessments is also collected. It is intended that the information collected will provide more systematic and detailed evidence of the impact of the disease from the perspective of the patient. This paper outlines the purpose and methodology of the project.