Establishing a Canadian registry of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Can J Neurol Sci. 2013 Jan;40(1):29-35. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100012919.


Background: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating cause of progressive weakness, respiratory failure and death. To date there is no effective therapy to meaningfully extend survival but continuously emerging targets and putative treatments are studied in clinical trials. Canadian epidemiological data on ALS is scarce and the socioeconomic impact of ALS on Canadian society is unclear. The Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry (CNDR) is a national clinic-based registry of patients with neuromuscular diseases with the goal of facilitating the design and execution of clinical research.

Methods: We conducted a national stakeholder survey to assess interest for a Canadian ALS registry and an assessment of expected case ascertainment. A dataset derivation meeting was held to establish the registry medical dataset.

Results: We report the results of the national stakeholder survey, case ascertainment assessment, and the derived dataset that have resulted in the current implementation of a Canadian registry of patients with ALS.

Conclusions: The development of this long sought-after resource is a significant step forward for the Canadian ALS patient and research communities that will result in more efficient clinical trial recruitment and advancements in our understanding of ALS in Canada.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / epidemiology*
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Data Collection / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Online Systems
  • Registries / standards*
  • Registries / statistics & numerical data*