The DMD MDT: Neuromuscular specialist Footnote 1

After diagnosis, the neuromuscular specialist serves as the lead clinician

  • Assess each patient’s disease trajectory ­over time, to establish prognosis and potential complications

  • Select appropriate interventions customised to meet the patient’s needs and goals

  • Engage other members of the MDT

  • Be the main point of contact to patients and their families when choosing interventions, including:

    • Technological interventions for respiratory and cardiac management

    • Interventions such as spinal fusion, contracture management, and provision of aids and appliances

    • Pharmacological interventions, such as glucocorticoid therapy, and patient participation in clinical trials of new therapies

  • Be an advocate for high-quality DMD care, in terms of transition from paediatric to adult care and appropriate hospital care

  • Help patients and families navigate end-of-life care