As many know, the need for current information is an on going battle. Functional disorders have been called a “crisis for neurology” by Dr. Mark Hallett. This is one quote both the medical community and those that suffer can agree. Many in the medical profession have never heard of, let alone been exposed to someone presenting with these type of symptoms. This lack of information leaves patients left without proper treatment plans and often without a doctor even willing to take responsibility for their care. Current research has had a focus to derive a positive diagnosis from symptoms rather than exclusion. As the need to give a patient a medical diagnostic label has been addressed, research will hopefully now be focused towards effective treatment options.
RESEARCH ARTICLE TIPS
Reading the actual research paper is the best way to get accurate data.
Keep in mind the following:
Date: The date of the article. Keep this in mind as information does modify as technology, perspectives, knowledge and understanding has also change.
Objective: Note the objective for the trial.
Author: Research teams have specific areas of focus.
Understanding: These articles are not written for patients. They can be overwhelming don’t feel as though you have to become a medical professional, and don’t feel as though you have to read them. Some find it interesting and helpful for their understanding of the various disorders.