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Neck Collar Assessment for People Living With Motor Neuron Disease: Are Current Outcome Measures Suitable?

Spears, Samuel D J; Abdulle, Yusuf F; Korovilas, Dionisios; Torii, Ryo; Kalaskar, Deepak M; Sharma, Nikhil; (2023) Neck Collar Assessment for People Living With Motor Neuron Disease: Are Current Outcome Measures Suitable? Interactive Journal of Medical Research , 12 , Article e43274. 10.2196/43274. Green open access

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Abstract

A majority of people living with motor neuron disease (MND) experience weakness of the neck and as a result, experience head drop. This exacerbates problems with everyday activities (eating, talking, breathing, etc). Neck collars are often used to support head drop; however, these are typically designed for prehospitalization settings to manage and brace the cervical region of the spine. As a result, it has been recorded that people living with MND often reject these collars for a variety of reasons but most notably because they are too restricting. The current standardized outcome measures (most notably restricting cervical range of motion) used for neck collars are summarized herein along with whether they are suitable for a bespoke neck collar specifically designed for people living with MND.

Type: Article
Title: Neck Collar Assessment for People Living With Motor Neuron Disease: Are Current Outcome Measures Suitable?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2196/43274
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2196/43274
Language: English
Additional information: ©Samuel D J Spears, Yusuf F Abdulle, Dionisios Korovilas, Ryo Torii, Deepak M Kalaskar, Nikhil Sharma. Originally published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research (https://www.i-jmr.org/), 14.03.2023. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on https://www.i-jmr.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.
Keywords: motor neuron disease; outcome measures; neck collar; bespoke orthoses; 3D scanning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10166596
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