Multidisciplinary team for children and young adults with movement disorders
In 2012, a multidisciplinary team was established to improve the recognition, diagnosis and treatment for children and young adults with movement disorders. A correct classification of movement disorders is of major importance for diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. The team consists of a neurologist who specialises in movement disorders, a paediatric neurologist, a paediatrician specialising in metabolic disorders and a clinical geneticist. You can read more about this team and their activities on the healthcare innovation page.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) dystonia team - adults
The multidisciplinary DBS team consists of a dedicated group of clinicians and paramedics who handle patient care before, during and after the surgery. The team consists of neurologists, neurosurgeons, PhD students, a nurse practitioner, a rehabilitation specialist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and neuropsychologists. An experienced team and the right choice of patients are essential for the best possible outcome of the intervention. The pathway of care for DBS for dystonia starts with an information session with the nurse practitioner. Afterwards, each patient is carefully examined through a multidisciplinary screening and discussed in the DBS meeting. Even after the procedure, the healthcare providers in our team are involved in optimally calibrating the stimulator and measuring the efficacy of DBS on several domains of functioning.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) dystonia team - children
The UMCG is one of the few hospitals in the Netherlands where children with dystonia can receive DBS. The multidisciplinary DBS team consists of experienced clinicians and paramedics who support the children and their families in the time period around the DBS procedure. Our team consists of neurologists, neurosurgeons, PhD students, a nurse practitioner, a rehabilitation specialist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and neuropsychologists. There is an individualised care pathway, including a multidisciplinary evaluation before the surgery. After the patient has carefully been examined, a decision about the procedure is made during the DBS meeting. After the procedure, all healthcare providers involved will collaborate and re-examine the children regularly to optimise their functioning as best as possible.