Multicentre, prospective registry study of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in mainland China (CHALSR): study protocol

Ji He, Jia yu Fu, Lu Chen, Jing He, Jingxia Dang, Zhangyu Zou, Sha Ma, Nan Li, Dongsheng Fan
2020 BMJ Open  
IntroductionAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a representative rare disease characterised by progressive, fatal motor neuron degeneration. Due to the unknown aetiology and variability of the phenotypes, there are no accurate reports concerning the epidemiology or clinical characteristics of the disease. The low prevalence, as previously reported, makes it difficult to carry out studies with large samples. The aim of this study was to explore the natural history and clinical features of ALS
more » ... cal features of ALS in mainland China through a multicentre, prospective cohort study. The findings will both offer a better understanding of ALS and also support the development of a model to study other rare diseases.Methods and analysisPatients from 88 representative hospitals in different parts of mainland China will be recruited through a specially designed online data system ( We aim to recruit 4752 ALS patients over a 3-year period. Baseline data will be recorded, and follow-up data will be collected every 3 months. The primary outcome is effective survival. Overall survival and indices of disease progression will be measured as the secondary outcomes.Ethics and disseminationEthical approval has been obtained from the ethics committee of Peking University Third Hospital (M2019388). Informed written consent will be obtained from each participant. Dissemination of the study protocol and data will take place primarily through a specially designed online data system ( The collective results of the study will be published in peer-reviewed journals and shared in scientific presentations.Trial registration numberNCT04328675
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042603 pmid:33277290 fatcat:ra5gjidmovgcdbegvkykucgsnm