Italian census on neurosciences: the ICoNe2 study
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The growing impact of the emergency neurology of trauma centers and of mechanical thrombectomy for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke is revolutionizing the domain of eurosciences.
A census focused on the demographic distribution of the three main cohorts of neurosciences (neurologists, neuroradiologists, and neurosurgeons) was conducted in Italy between December 2015 and February 2017, and results were compared to the estimated retirement rates and loss for other reasons.
The total number of neurosciences specialists active in Italy was 4394 at the end of the period of the survey.
The estimated retirement rates and losses seem not be supplied by the physicians in training in the same period.
A proper redistribution of the resources and the modification of the training programs seem to be mandatory to maintain acceptable standards of care for the Italian neurosciences during the next decade.
KeywordsNeuroscience Demographics Training programs Organization Model
These are the members of the iCoNe 2 SNO (Società Italiana di Neuroscienze Ospedaliere) study group. Principal investigator: Domenico Consoli. Coordination board: Giovanni Carbotta, Arturo Consoli, Enrico Cotroneo, Giovanni M. Franco, Annabella Francolino, Franco Galati, Gaetano Grillo, Mattia Iellamo, Giuseppe Neri, Paolo Postorino, Christian Ramondino, Antonino Vecchio, Bruno Zanotti. Review board: Elio Agostoni, Marco Aguggia, Marcello Bartolo, Emanuele Caggia, Maria Vittoria Calloni, Mauro Campello, Gabriele Ciucci, Antonio Colombo, Erminio Costanzo, Fabrizio de Falco, Cinzia Finocchi, Carlo Gandolfo, Filippo lo Presti, Antonio Matera, Maurizio Melis, Cristina Paci, Pasquale Palumbo, Marina Rizzo, Simona Sacco, Carlo Serrati, Stefano Ricci, Luca Valvassori, Simone Vidale, Gaetano Zaccara and Davide Zarcone
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The author declares that they have no conflicts of interest.
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