The benefits associated with the ALS App are apparent from a variety of perspectives:
You may install the App on your smartphone and enter your log-in information (user name and password) you created on the APST platform. The user name and password combination is identical for both the platform and the App. Deliberately, direct registration via the App is neither enabled nor envisaged. You may only perform this step via the APST platform.
ALS-App Tutorial: General
ALS App Landing Page
When you open the App you will see the “Log-in” function. Deliberately, direct registration via the App is neither enabled nor envisaged. You may only perform this step via the APST platform. Click on the log-in field to proceed further in the App.
ALS App Log-in Page
To open the App, you must enter your user name and password combination and then activate the “sign-in” field. The user name and password combination is identical for both the platform and the App.
ALS App Home Page
You may access three features in the ALS App via this home page: perform “self-rating” (ALS Functional Rating Scale revised, ALS-FRSr), use the “disease course calculator” or find answers to most frequently asked questions under “Learn More”
The App’s disease course calculator offers people with ALS the opportunity of appraising their own disease course as fast, slow or average. It serves as a point of reference for patients affected by the disease as well as for doctors and therapists. The disease course calculator computes a disease progression rate based on the current ALS-FRSr score and the date of disease onset. This value serves the grading of the ALS disease course progression speed. The disease course calculator data will not be captured automatically but will have to be entered by users. This is yet another feature of the ALS App that comes into the equation only as and when the persons affected wish to use it.
The link between the ALS App and the APST PLATFORM facilitates a graphical illustration of the disease course in the patient’s account. A flow chart in the patient’s account visualizes the correlation between time curve and change in motor function.
ALS App Tutorial: Disease Course Calculator
Setting Up the “Disease Course Calculator"
To assess ALS progression by means of the disease course calculator, two values need entering in the ALS App: the first is the date of disease onset. This information (month and year of first motor deficits) is entered into the data field at the top of the App display. The second value is the current ALS-FRSr score, resulting from the answers given to all of the 12 questions.
The “Disease Course Calculator“ Based on the ALS-FRSr
After answering all of the 12 questions on the ALS-FRSr, a progression value for the disease course will be displayed. This is calculated based on the ALS-FRSr score per month and categorized as “slow”, “average” or “fast” in the upper section of the App.
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