HM Cinac opens Neuropsychology Unit

Professionals from the new Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Unit of the HM Nou Delfos Hospital.

The Comprehensive Neuroscience Center AC HM CINAC Barcelona, ​​located in the Hospital HM Nou Delfoshas launched the Neuropsychology Unit and Neurorehabilitation (NPS-NRHB) with the aim of addressing the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and lesions of the Central Nervous System. Carmen Pérez-Enríquez will be the coordinator of the Unit, whose main areas of specialization will be suspected cognitive impairment and acquired brain damage, which often appears as a result of a cerebrovascular or traffic accident.

“The objective of this new area of ​​specialization is respond to a need among neurological patients, for whom not only the diagnosis is important, but also the power provide personalized treatment and efficient. In addition, he will also work training, informing and accompanying their families. This treatment will be carried out during hospitalization (acute phase), in cases that require it, or on an outpatient basis. after discharge from hospital“, indicates Pérez-Enríquez.

In this sense, a multidisciplinary team will attend to the patient in a single space, which will provide a “better access and greater comfort“. “A comprehensive care circuit has been created, in which the patient accessing the Neurology Service may be referred directly to the NPS-NRHB Unit for treatment. neuropsychological evaluation. Subsequently, having a diagnostic orientation of the case, a team meeting will be held in which the individualized treatment to be followed will be determined: cognitive stimulation or neuropsychological rehabilitation, speech therapy, physiotherapy and/or psychological treatment. Finally, each patient will be followed up, as well as their relatives, and they will be assisted by our professionals according to their needs, “explains Pérez.

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What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is a specialty that studies the relationship between the brain and behavior, both in healthy people and in those who suffer from some affectation of the Central Nervous System. Among the latter, the team of the new NPS-NRHB Unit at HM CINAC Barcelona will focus primarily on cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular accidents, multiple sclerosiscranioencephalic traumatisms -consequence on many occasions of traffic accidents-, or neurosurgery (epilepsy and/or brain tumors).

Neurorehabilitation is focused precisely on recover this type of injury, although it also plays an important role in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, from the NPS-NRHB Unit of HM CINAC Barcelona, ​​we will work together to offer the patient a custom tracking at each stage of the disease. “Specialists will be able to adapt to the different stages that the patient will go through and provide them with a better quality of life in their environment, at a cognitive, functional, emotional, communication and/or swallowing level,” says Pérez-Enríquez.

Another aspect of care addressed by the Unit related to the field of Neuropsychology lies in the treatment of patients with sequels derived from prolonged admissionsometimes with mechanical ventilation and treatment of Intensive care unit (ICU), what is called post-ICU syndrome, and which has gained a certain prominence, especially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cognitive stimulation programs in healthy people

As far as healthy people are concerned, Pérez indicates that neuropsychology helps “those who, after episodes of stress, insomnia, mood changes, can perceive memory or concentration problems without there being a neurological disease. These people, especially if they are elderly, may benefit from cognitive stimulation programsto enhance mechanisms that promote new brain connections and help prevent cognitive deterioration”. In this sense, it should be noted that there are associated risk factors such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes or cholesterol and that, to avoid them, it is necessary to promote healthy lifestyle habits, such as a good diet, stress reduction, exercise and activities that contribute to improving cognitive reserve.

Regarding the medium-term objectives of this Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Unit, the forecast of HM Hospitales is incorporate occupational therapy specialistssocial work, and clinical psychology that train family members in adapting the needs of patients to their home environment in order to enhance care at home and thus improve their day-to-day life, especially in chronic phases or advanced stages of neurodegenerative diseases.

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