Organization of Care for Patients Treated by Deep Brain Stimulation

  • Rianne A. J. Esselink
  • Mark L. KuijfEmail author


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a complex multidisciplinary treatment option for specific movement and psychiatric disorders. A successful DBS procedure and outcome for patients depend on many factors. Clear organization of patient-centered care is of great importance. Tasks and responsibilities of each team member should be clear. Team members should be well trained for their job. Communication within the team should be fast and easy, as should the communication with patients and their caregivers. Patients’ and caregivers’ counseling is of great importance in many ways, especially for realistic expectations. Therefore, a comprehensive multidisciplinary protocol of the whole process from indicating and counseling patients to screening, surgery, and postoperative care is necessary. Tasks and responsibilities of all those involved in the treatment should be stated clearly in this protocol.

Finally, DBS centers should have the will to innovate and invest in the continuous training of the team members and material deployment.


Organization of care Multidisciplinary team 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud University Medical CenterNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyMaastricht University Medical CenterMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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