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PLANready

The NBIA Research Group at OHSU has developed a new study called PLANready. The purpose of this study is to help us better understand the natural history of PLAN, meaning how symptoms appear and change over time. By studying individuals with PLAN, we also hope to identify disease markers that can be used in future clinical trials. A disease marker is any symptom or measurement that happens reliably in a disease, changes predictably with disease progression, and becomes “better” with successful treatment. A disease marker could be an MRI finding, a protein level in the blood, or a rating scale to measure symptoms or function. Natural history studies provide data that serve as the foundation for future drug trials.

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Thank you for your interest in PKANready!

To Participate in PLANready You Will Need:

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1.) Fluency in the English language. The study participant and any guardian or support person who is helping them should be fluent in English. We need to confirm certain milestones using medical records so the study participant’s medical records also need to be in English. Finally, some participants will need to have their doctor complete a survey every 3-6 months that is written in English.


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2.) A computer with Internet access


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3.) An email account (please make sure you select an email that you check regularly and will not change for the next few years because we will be sending links to the surveys and reminders through this email address)


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4.) A parent or guardian to help you if you are age 0-17 years (it is ok to have someone help you if you are 18 or older, too).


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5.) If you are 18 years or older, you must be able to answer basic questions about your emotional, social and cognitive well-being (examples are provided below)

Flowchart of the PLANready Study

The image below will give you an idea of the steps involved in this study. Individuals who are completing the survey on behalf of participants who have died will only need to complete two visits. Don’t worry, most of the process is automated, and we will send you reminders if you leave a survey incomplete for too long or forget to do the follow up surveys.
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Participant Categories

Some individuals with PLAN will be able to complete survey questions themselves, with help as needed with reading and/or typing. Others will need a “proxy” (parent/guardian) to answer the Assessment Center questions by providing their opinions about the individual with PLAN. Please read the descriptions below to decide which category best fits your situation (you will be provided with these descriptions again once you start the survey).

The categories are:

1.) Adults 18+ years without significant cognitive impairments can complete the rating scales themselves (adult-onset cases typically) with help as needed. This help includes navigating through the website, reading and typing, but the participant with PLAN should provide answers to the rating scale questions

2.) Adults 18+ who have cognitive impairments or other limitations that make it impossible to answer basic questions, such as the examples below, will also need to have a proxy. The proxy should be a parent or guardian who helps care for the individual with PLAN and knows him/her well. The proxy should be the same person for each study visit for the entire duration of the study, since the proxy will be entering his/her opinions about the research participant

3.) Children ages 8-17 without significant cognitive impairments can complete the rating scales themselves (juvenile-onset cases typically) with help from an adult as needed. This help includes navigating through the websites, reading and typing, but the participant with PLAN should provide answers to the rating scale questions

4.) Children 8-17 who have cognitive impairments or other limitations that make it impossible to answer basic questions, such as the examples below, will also need to have a proxy. The proxy should be a parent or guardian who helps care for the individual with PLAN and knows him/her well. The proxy should be the same person for each study visit for the entire duration of the study, since the proxy will be entering his/her opinions about the research participant

5.) Children ages 0-7 will require a proxy to complete all the rating scales. The proxy should be a parent or guardian who helps care for the individual with PLAN and knows them well. The proxy should be the same person for each study visit for the entire duration of the study, since the proxy will be entering his/her opinions about the research participant

6.) The guardian of a deceased individual who had PLAN can act as a proxy to complete all the rating scales. The proxy should be a parent or guardian who helped care for the individual with PLAN and knew them well.

It can be hard to decide whether an 8-17 year-old will be able to answer the questions independently. Here are some sample questions:

In the past 7 days, I felt scared
a. Never
b. Almost never
c. Sometimes
d. Often
e. Almost always

In the past 7 days, I could stand up by myself
a. With no trouble
b. With a little trouble
c. With some trouble
d. With a lot of trouble
e. Not able to do

5.) The guardian of a deceased child age 0-17 who had PLAN can act as a proxy to complete all the rating scales. The proxy should be a parent or guardian who helped care for the individual with PLAN and knew them well.

Important Things to Remember:

1.) We need to confirm the PLAN diagnosis of each study participant. If we don’t already have a copy of the genetic testing results and you don’t have them either, you can request a copy from your doctor.

2.) We will need to confirm the dates when certain milestones were reached by using the participant’s medical records. At this time, we can only accept medical records that are in English.

3.) We will ask you to sign a medical records release form that will allow us to request and review the participant’s records.

Getting Started

Once you are ready to review the consent forms and/or start the study, please click on the image below:

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