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Functional Neurological Disorder is a Feminist issue


Cabreira, V and McLouhlin, C and Hoeritauer, I and Aybek, S and Adams, C and Alty, J and Ball, H and Baker, J and Kim, D and Buress, C and Finkelstein, S and Garcin, B and Gelauff, J and Goldstein, L and Jordbru, A and Huys, AC and Laffan, A and Lidstone, S and Linden, S and Ludwig, L and Maggio, J and Morgante, F and Mallam, E and Nicholson, C and ONeal, M and OSullivan, S and Parees, I and Petrochilos, P and Pick, S and Phillips, W and Roelofs, K and Newby, R and Stanton, B and Gray, C and Yoyce, E and Tijssen, M and McCormick, M and Gardiner, P and Begue, I and Tuttle, MC and Williams, I and McRae, S and Voon, V and McWhirter, L, Functional Neurological Disorder is a Feminist issue, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry pp. 1-21. ISSN 1468-330X (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a common and disabling disorder, often misunderstood by clinicians. Though viewed sceptically by some, FND is a diagnosis that can be made accurately, based on positive clinical signs, with clinical features that have remained stable for over 100 years. Despite some progress in the last decade, people with FND continue to suffer subtle and overt forms of discrimination by clinicians, researchers and the public. There is abundant evidence that disorders perceived as primarily affecting women are neglected in healthcare and medical research, and the course of FND mirrors this neglect. We outline the reasons why FND is a feminist issue, incorporating historical and contemporary clinical, research and social perspectives. We call for parity for FND in medical education, research, and clinical service development; so that people affected by FND can receive the care they need.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:functional neurological disorders; diagnosis; psychology; neurology; feminism; women
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Alty, J (Associate Professor Jane Alty)
ID Code:155518
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2023-02-27
Last Modified:2023-03-17

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