Clinical briefing : functional neurological symptom disorder

Ratcliffe, SM 2017, 'Clinical briefing : functional neurological symptom disorder' , British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 13 (5) , pp. 211-219.

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Functional neurological symptom disorder (FNSD), also known as somatoform or conversion disorder, is a relatively common neurological condition. The symptoms vary, and can include both motor and sensory neurological signs. Although misunderstandings still exist, recent progress has been made as to the causes of FNSD within the area of functional imaging, helping to unravel the underlying aetiology and neurobiology of FNSD. A range of management and treatment options, including physical, pharmacological and psychological therapies, are available to people who have been diagnosed. There is a dearth of information within the nursing literature to educate and support nursing practice and decision making about people with FNSD. Consequently, approaches to the nursing care and management are often ad hoc and rely on research from other health disciplines. Nonetheless, there is now an emerging body of evidence to support specific management pathways to treat and manage FNSD. Neuroscience nurses are in a key position to embrace such pathways and influence the care offered to people with FNSD within the inpatient neurology setting.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 1747-0307
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Depositing User: SM Ratcliffe
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:33

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