Motor neurone disease: an overview

Nurs Stand. 2012 Jul 18-24;26(46):48-57, quiz 58. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


Motor neurone disease (MND) is a relatively rare, progressive and incurable neurological condition affecting patients' speech, mobility and respiratory function. Care of patients with MND is complex and involves various healthcare professionals and services. There is a need to discuss symptom management and promote palliative and end of life care from the point of diagnosis to ensure appropriate holistic care is provided.

MeSH terms

  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Cognition Disorders / therapy
  • Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology
  • Deglutition Disorders / therapy
  • Humans
  • Motor Neuron Disease* / complications
  • Motor Neuron Disease* / diagnosis
  • Motor Neuron Disease* / therapy
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy