The “Neuroscience” project
How many general practitioners can recognize a functional neurological disorder? Functional neurological diseases manifest themselves through symptoms such as motor and language disorders. Even though the patient’s brain has no structural damage, it is unable to function correctly. Since January 2018, Tinazzi has been a partner in an outstanding training program whose aim is to help general practitioners recognize these disorders. The innovative project is conducted by the Department of Neuroscience, Biomedicine and Movement of the University of Verona and by the Venetian School of General Medicine and is coordinated by Prof. Michele Tinazzi.
The idea stems from the University’s need to carry out medical-scientific research on poorly recognized disorders and bring general practitioners to the forefront, as they are a patient’s first point of contact. The goal is to raise awareness about how to deal with this type of patient.
It is estimated that about 50 out of 100,000 patients have functional neurological disorders.
This research highlights the importance of a diagnostic and multidisciplinary treatment procedure involving neurologists, physiotherapists and psychologists/psychotherapists with specific training in these kinds of diseases.