Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Interviews patients to obtain information such as complaints, symptoms, medical histories, and family histories.
- Examines patients to obtain information about functional status of areas such as vision, physical strength, coordination, reflexes, sensations, language skills, cognitive abilities, and mental status.
- Performs or interprets the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests such as lumbar punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity tests.
- Orders or interprets results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or cerebrospinal fluid.
- Diagnoses neurological conditions based on interpretation of examination findings, histories, or test results.
- Prescribes or administers medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitors patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.
- Identifies and treats major neurological system diseases and disorders such as central nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.
- Develops treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors such as age and general health, or procedural risks and costs.
- Informs patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or benefits, risks and costs of various treatment plans.
- Prepares, maintains, or reviews records that include patients' histories, neurological examination findings, treatment plans, or outcomes.
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