Family Guide

Family Guide
  • Contacts
  • Thomas Sejersen
    Thomas Sejersen
    Thomas Sejersen holds positions as Professor in Neuropediatrics at the Department of Women's and Children's...
  • Diane Smith-Hoban
    Diane Smith-Hoban
    Diane Smith-Hoban is the mom to two great boys – Luke is 14 and has...

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The family guide available on this page summarizes an international consensus on congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) diagnosis and medical care. It was created by a working group which was lead by Cure CMD and their effort was also supported by TREAT-NMD, AFM-Association Française contre les Myopathies, and Telethon Italy.

The guide is based on the main academic consensus document which is published in the Journal of Child Neurology (Ching H Wang, et al. Consensus Statement on Standard of Care for Congenital Muscular Dystrophies, J Child Neurology 2010;25(12):1559 –1581. Published online 15 Nov 2010). This can be downloaded for free

The family-guide "translates" the full academic publication into a form that is more readily understandable to non-specialists and will enable families to have a clear guideline that they can use to discuss their care with their care providers.

The treatment guidelines are based on medical management recommendations by a group of 82 international experts from 7 medical subspecialties: pathology, neurology, pulmonary/ICU care, gastrointestinal/nutrition/ speech/oral care, orthopedics/rehabilitation, cardiology, and palliative care.

  • To build consensus, the team used the following strategies:
  • a comprehensive literature review
  • an online expert survey of how CMD care is currently provided in their practice
  • an online survey of families' opinions on key care issues and care gaps in CMD
  • a 2-day CMD Standard of Care work shop, held in Brussels in November 2009.

For further information about this initiative, please contact Diane Smith-Hoban: Cure CMD Lead, CMD Lay Guideline Development.

This guide is currently being translated into several different languages. If you are willing to voluntarily translate the guide please contact Diane Smith-Hoban.

Download CMD Family Guide

27 Mar 2012