Healthcare Organization

Neurological Sciences

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 297-304

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The role of emergency neurology in Italy: outcome of a consensus meeting for a intersociety position

  • Giuseppe MicieliAffiliated withDipartimento di Neurologia d’Urgenza, IRCCS Fondazione Istituto Neurologico Nazionale C. MondinoEmergency Neurology Department, IRCCS National Neurological Institute C Mondino Email author 
  • , Fabrizio A. De FalcoAffiliated withU.O.C. di Neurologia, Ospedale Loreto Nuovo
  • , Domenico ConsoliAffiliated withDipartimento di Medicina e delle Specialità Mediche, ASP Vibo Valentia
  • , Domenico InzitariAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e Psichiatriche, Università di Firenze
  • , Roberto SterziAffiliated withDipartimento di Neuroscienze, A. O Niguarda Cà Granda
  • , Gioacchino TedeschiAffiliated withClinica Neurologica II, Seconda Università di Napoli
  • , Danilo ToniAffiliated withUnità di Trattamento Neurovascolare


A possible definition of clinical, educational and organizing aspects of emergency neurology in Italy is reported in this position paper of Emergency Neurology Intersociety Group, created in 2008 among the two neurological Societies in Italy: Società Italiana di Neurologia and Società di Neuroscienze Ospedaliere. The aim of this Group has been the evaluation of the role of neurologist in the emergency setting of Italian hospitals, as well as of the description of different scenarios in which a ward dedicated to a semi-intensive care of neurological emergencies could have a role in the actual organization of academic or general hospitals in our Country. The actual great relevance of neurologist activity in the inpatients treatment, in fact, is actually misleaded as it is the considerable significance of neurological expertise, techniques and support in hospital care pathways also involving neurological manifestations throughout the course of other diseases. Finally, the possible contents of educational programs orienting neurological specialty towards a better comprehension and management of emergency neurological problems either in terms of specific formation or of techniques to be learned by emergency neurologist, are reported as a results of the Consensus Workshop hold in Castiglioncello (LI) in September 12th, 2009.


Emergency neurology Hospital setting Neurological specialty Organisational models