Partnership and cooperation is necessary to improve and expand neurology
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
Special Issue: Selected Articles from the Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Neurological Association, Oslo, November 2010
Volume 124, Issue Supplement s191, pages 1–4, August 2011
How to Cite
Gilhus, N. E., Stovner, L. J., Gjerstad, L. and Hoff, J. M. (2011), Partnership and cooperation is necessary to improve and expand neurology. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 124: 1–4. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2011.01541.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication April 10, 2011
- brain disorders;
Gilhus NE, Stovner LJ, Gjerstad L, Hoff JM. Partnership and cooperation is necessary to improve and expand neurology. Acta Neurol Scand: 2011: 124 (Suppl. 191): 1–4. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
Background – Brain disorders have a large impact on society, representing one third of the total burden of disease. Neurology is more than before divided into fields of highly specialized branches.
Objective – To assess the need for co-operation in neuromedicine to achieve optimal results for patient treatment, diagnosis and care.
Discussion – Co-operation regarding patients with disorders in the brain and nervous system should involve medical specialists, general practitioners, other professionals, patients and carers. Optimal co-operation represents both an institutional and personal challenge. The principle of joint action between several subspecialists should also have consequences for educational systems and requirements. Formalised co-operation is well established in medical research, and principles for good practice in neuroscience have relevance also for clinical medicine. How to organise the optimal treatment is therefore not only a challenge for neurologists, but also for the total health system within hospitals and in society.
Conclusion – Open-handedness and a willingness to co-operate should be a hallmark for neurologists.