Since there is still no cure for ALS, the management of the disease and the quality of life of the patients and their environment play a particularly important role. Complementary medical services can also play an important role here. The Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich therefore wants to adapt its range of therapies specifically to the needs of ALS sufferers. With “Mind Body Medicine”, the institute already has an innovative concept to convey a good interaction between body and psyche.
As part of a four-year study, a team of researchers from the Institute is now trying to find out how the complementary medical services for ALS sufferers should be structured. This should clarify how the individual offers can be implemented most appropriately (e.g. digital formats, for individuals or groups). The therapy will then be evaluated for its effectiveness. Throughout the research project, those affected and their relatives are and will be strongly involved. The Renate Rugieri Foundation is supporting the project through a donation to the USZ Foundation.