The training and organization of Paediatric Neurology in Europe: Special report of the European Paediatric Neurology Society & Committee of National Advisors.

Craiu, Dana; Haataja, Leena; Hollody, Katalin; Kršek, Pavel; Lagae, Lieven; Mall, Volker; Parker, Alasdair Pj; Steinlin, Maja; Yalnizoglu, Dilek; Catsman-Berrevoets, Coriene (2020). The training and organization of Paediatric Neurology in Europe: Special report of the European Paediatric Neurology Society & Committee of National Advisors. European journal of paediatric neurology, 28, pp. 6-15. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ejpn.2020.07.012

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BACKGROUND

Paediatric Neurology (PN) is a discipline focused on diagnosis, comprehensive management and research into diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system from fetal life to transition into adulthood. The European Paediatric Neurology Society first designed and published the European PN training programme in the European Paediatric Neurology Syllabus in 2002. This was important in gaining recognition for the sub-specialty from the European Academy of Paediatrics and the European Academy of Neurology and in 2003 PN was recognized as a sub-specialty of paediatrics and neurology by the Board of the European Union of Medical Specialties. In 2004, the EPNS founded the Committee of National Advisors (CNA) that comprised representatives from national Paediatric Neurology societies, in order to further enhance Europe wide standards in training and practice., The EPNS Training Advisory Board (TAB) offers nation specific advice/support to PN societies on developing training and care systems. In 2019, the 2nd revision of the Paediatric Neurology Syllabus was approved by the EPNS Board and CNA. We aim to give an overview of the training of Paediatric Neurology (PN) specialists (i.e. Paediatric Neurologists), the relevant professional bodies and the current practice of Paediatric Neurology in Europe, as defined geographically by the World Health Organization.

METHODS

A structured online data collection form was completed by CNA representatives from European countries. The data included training routes and structure of training, epidemiological data, nature of professional societies, organization of Paediatric Neurology care, research, academic life and recognition of the specialty.

RESULTS

Data was collected from 43 European countries of which 38 have a national PN Society. In 10 (6 European Union (EU) and 4 non-EU countries) PN is recognized as a core specialty. In 26 countries PN is recognized as a sub-specialty of Paediatrics, Neurology or both (15 EU-11 non-EU). PN is not recognized as a core or sub-specialty in 7 countries (4 EU and 3 non-EU). In 35 countries paediatric neurologists begin their training from Paediatrics, but in 19 countries PN training from Neurology is also possible or the preferred route. Training in PN differs, but in over 50% of countries the three main training modules named in the 2019 2nd revision of the European PN Syllabus (PN, Paediatrics and adult Neurology) are included. Many countries have already adapted their curriculum to the suggestions in the European PN syllabus.

CONCLUSIONS

There is diversity among European countries in terms of professional organization and PN training. The European PN syllabus has had impact on the development of PN training throughout Europe, independent of duration of training or route from paediatrics or neurology. The syllabus provides a basis for the future development of PN training, the recognition of PN as a (sub) specialty in individual countries and for improving the care of children with neurological disorders in Europe.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine > Neuropaediatrics

UniBE Contributor:

Steinlin, Maja

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1090-3798

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karen Lidzba

Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2021 12:15

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2021 12:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ejpn.2020.07.012

PubMed ID:

32958450

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Curriculum EPNS European Paediatric Neurology syllabus Organization Paediatric neurology Specialty Training

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.150621

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150621

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