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As the health care quality movement gains steam, neurologists are jumping aboard with a wide range of improvement initiatives — on everything from the development of programs
to reduce avoidable hospitalizations to using
transparency to motivate physicians to improve
their performance. In a video interview, Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, and Associate Editor Robert Holloway, MD, discuss why it is imperative for neurologists to participate in efforts to improve the processes associated with delivering care and reduce the related costs. Standardization of care is an important priority, Dr. Ringel says in the video. The good news is that there are tools to help neurologists achieve that and other quality improvements, he added.
Neurology Today editors interview Kristina Simonyan, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Serena Bianchi, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Simonyan’s laboratory, about their imaging studies showing structural differences between different phenotypes and genotypes of spasmodic dysphonia.
Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, FAAN, and Associate Editor Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, FAAN, discuss the challenges of measuring the value of neurodiagnostic tests, with a dearth of available data on efficacy.
Read the full story in Neurology Today: http://bit.ly/NT-ANADiagnosticTests.
A meta-analysis of 5 trials found that the procedure was more effective for stroke, the sooner it was performed, but remained effective up to 7.3 hours after symptom onset – significantly longer than the current guideline window of 6 hours. Neurology Today Editor-in-chief Steven P. Ringel, MD, FAAN, and Associate Editor Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, FAAN, discuss what the findings mean for stroke treatment and minimizing time to reperfusion.
Read the full story in Neurology Today: http://bit.ly/NT-ANAEndovascular.
A 5-year follow-up study found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus improved motor function for people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease compared to medical treatment alone. The study’s principal investigator David Charles, MD, FAAN, professor and vice chairman of neurology at Vanderbilt Neuroscience Institute, discusses the advantages and complications of treating patients in early stages of the disease with the Neurology Today editors.
Read the full story in Neurology Today: http://bit.ly/NT-DBSEarlyParkinsons.
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