Breaking the news in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  title={Breaking the news in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.},
  author={Adriano Chi{\`o} and Gian Domenico Borasio},
  journal={Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other motor neuron disorders : official publication of the World Federation of Neurology, Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases},
  volume={5 4},
Diagnosis communication is a mainstay of the patient-physician relationship and in ALS represents the beginning of the treatment. In Europe, the diagnosis is now communicated to most patients, but with some differences from north to south. Communication is the basis of the patient's autonomy. When adequately informed, patients are able to consider their preferences about life-extending interventions. However, this discussion is sometimes entertained too late. Both the style and the context of… CONTINUE READING