Setting up Functional Neurological Disorder Treatment Services: Questions and Answers

Sara A Finkelstein, Alan Carson, Mark J Edwards, Kasia Kozlowska, Sarah C Lidstone, David L Perez, Ginger Polich, Jon Stone, Selma Aybek

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Abstract / Description of output

Functional neurologic disorder (FND) is commonly encountered across outpatient and inpatient medical settings. Given the potential for a high burden of disability in some patients and mounting evidence for the efficacy of FND-specific multidisciplinary treatment services, expanding clinical services for this population is a necessity. In this perspective article, we discuss considerations for creating FND services, including the types of services that exist, how to start, how to identify appropriate referrals, and how to develop and monitor individualized treatment plans. In addition, we discuss how this effort can be done sustainably - balancing patient needs with limited healthcare resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-743
Number of pages15
JournalNeurologic clinics
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


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