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Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology

Mission: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology aids neurology professionals in improving the clinical care of patients and in demonstrating continued competency. Vision: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology will present the highest quality in-depth information on topics in neurology and be the premier continuing medical education publication for neurology professionals. Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology® is the official CME journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Published since 1993, Continuum® is an in-depth clinically oriented review journal for the practicing neurologist, residents and fellows, and medical students. Written by authors who are experts in their field, each bimonthly issue contains up-to-date knowledge around a single topic area in neurology geared toward the practicing neurologist. The goals of Continuum include disseminating timely review articles to the neurologist in a lively, interactive format; fostering self-assessment and lifelong learning skills; encouraging critical thinking; and strengthening and improving patient care. The continuing medical education (CME) component of Continuum includes a pretest of 25 multiple-choice questions that may be taken before reading the issue and a 40 multiple-choice question posttest covering material presented in the entire issue. This activity provides up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per issue. A 12-question practice-oriented Patient Management Problem provides up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of CME per issue. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed Continuum and has approved this product as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning and self-assessment program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a necessary component of maintenance of certification. The material presented in Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology has been made available by the AAN for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the only method or procedure for the medical situations discussed but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the author(s) or Abstracting/Indexing Coverage Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology is abstracted/indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed (February 2010-present), Embase (June 2006-present), and PsycInfo (December 2008-present). STATEMENT ON PEER REVIEW PROCESS The editor-in-chief, associate editors, and editorial board of Continuum determine topics and review initial manuscripts. Manuscripts on specific issues are solicited from a guest editor who appoints authors to write sections of the issue. Upon receipt of a manuscript from the guest editor, the editor begins the formal review process. It is understood that submissions received are not under consideration by any other journal and that no part of the submission has appeared previously in any but abstract form. Transfer of copyright to the AAN is a condition of publication. At least two outside peer reviewers anonymous to the authors are selected to assess quality, balance, and clarity of articles and are given appropriate instructions and necessary assessment forms. (Author identities are kept confidential.) Upon return, comments are communicated to the editor-in-chief, guest editor, and authors and are addressed. If adjudication is necessary, additional reviewers may be used. Critical reviews of the material at other stages of the development process may also be conducted. Upon receipt of final manuscripts, the editor makes the final decision as to whether material is suitable for publication in Continuum. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned to authors unless specifically requested; print copies of original illustrations, photographs, and slides will be returned. INFORMED CONSENT/ETHICS OF EXPERIMENTATION Authors participating in this AAN education program certify that any work with human or animal subjects reported in their text complies with the guiding principles for experimental procedures endorsed by the AAN. Data presented must comply with ethical guidelines for human and animals research. DISCLOSURE The AAN's disclosure policy requires that the planners, authors, and editorial staff of Continuum answer questions relating to financial interests or other relationships in which they or their immediate family have received compensation for such things as salaries, ownership, equity positions, stock options, royalties, consulting fees, expert witness fees, honoraria for speaking, grants, research support, materials support, speakers bureau fees, advisory board fees, editor-related fees, or related financial agreements. An individual who refuses to disclose is not allowed to serve as a planner or author. Although the ACCME only requires disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any commercial provider, the AAN requires complete disclosure. As an ACCME accredited-provider, the AAN must identify and resolve all conflicts prior to the education activity being delivered to learners. Proprietary Rights Notice for Continuum Online Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology is a registered trademark of the American Academy of Neurology. The person using Continuum Online may view, reproduce, or store copies of articles comprising the journal provided that the articles are used only for personal, noncommercial use. Uses beyond that allowed by the "Fair Use" limitations (sections 107 and 108) of the U.S. Copyright Law require permission of the Publisher. For permission to copy beyond that permitted by the U.S. Copyright Law, contact: Permissions Department, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 351 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. [email protected] or online at the LWW website. Any uses or copies of content from this journal in whole or in part must include the customary full bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, article title, Continuum Online, and the URL [] and MUST include the copyright notice in the following format: Copyright © 2013 by American Academy of Neurology. Personal accounts and/or passwords may not be shared. Disclaimer of Warranties In no event shall the American Academy of Neurology, or Lippincott Williams & Wilkins be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use of the articles or other material derived from Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology in print or online, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability. This publication is provided "as-is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Descriptions of, or references to, products or publications does not imply endorsement of that product or publication. Continuum Online is under development and changes may be made in its content and programs at any time. There is no guarantee that information contained in the online and print versions of the publication is identical, and neither the American Academy of Neurology nor Lippincott Williams & Wilkins has any duty to update the information contained on the online version to correct errors or otherwise.