Adult North Star Network (ANSN): Consensus Guideline For The Standard Of Care Of Adults With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (2021)

Type of publication:
Journal article

Quinlivan, R; Messer, B; Murphy, P; Astin, R; Mukherjee, R; Khan, J; Emmanuel, A; Wong, S C; Kulshresha, R; Willis, T; Pattni, J; *Willis, D; Morgan, A; Savvatis, K; Keen, R; Bourke, J; Marini Bettolo, C; Hewamadduma, C; ANSN

Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases; Sep 2021 [epub ahead of print]

There are growing numbers of adults with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy living well into their fourth decade. These patients have complex medical needs that to date have not been addressed in the International standards of care. We sought to create a consensus based standard of care through a series of multi-disciplinary workshops with specialists from a wide range of clinical areas: Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Palliative Care Medicine, Rehabilitation, Renal, Anaesthetics and Clinical Psychology. Detailed reports of evidence reviewed and the consensus building process were produced following each workshop and condensed into this final document which was approved by all members of the Adult North Star Network including service users. The aim of this document is to provide a framework to improve clinical services and multi-disciplinary care for adults living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.