First Clinicians to Evaluate Patients
Cognitive neurologists are often the first clinicians to evaluate patients who are referred to the Cognitive Neurology Unit. Patients are most commonly referred by other medical specialists or primary care providers because of cognitive symptoms thought to be caused by an underlying brain disorder.
Comprehensive Evaluation and Examination
Cognitive neurologists obtain a comprehensive medical history and perform a detailed examination in order to determine the nature and extent of a patient's cognitive limitations, as well as any associated neurological problems. They integrate laboratory, radiological, and specialized tests to discover the underlying medical and neurological diseases that account for the symptoms.
Individualized Treatment Plan
Neurologists determine a treatment plan that includes medications and/or rehabilitative measures and provide long-term follow-up when necessary. The cognitive neurologist often works with other providers in the Cognitive Neurology Unit (neuropsychologists, neuropsychiatrists, and social workers) in order to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services.