Cutting-edge patient-centered “smart tests” will allow clinicians to evaluate specific quality of life concerns for individuals with Huntington’s disease.
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease that leads to problems with movement, thinking and mood which can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life.
The fatal disease progressively causes nerve cell degeneration in the brain. Typically, individuals with Huntington’s disease develop symptoms during their 30s or 40s, and these symptoms gradually worsen until death.
“The cognitive, behavioral and motor symptoms associated with Huntington’s disease can significantly impair an individual’s ability to perform their daily routine or lifestyle,” says Noelle Carlozzi, Ph.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the center for Clinical Outcomes Development and Application at the University of Michigan.
Carlozzi is the lead author of four new papers which present the results of her National Institutes of Health-funded study to develop new patient-reported outcome measures for Huntington’s disease.
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