Recommendations for the Practice of Clinical Neurophysiology: Guidelines of the IFCN
In this volume are set forth guidelines, recommendations and glossaries for the practice of Clinical Neurophysiology.
This volume is meant to be useful to the physician as well as to advanced technologists and basic scientists. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to address the most commonly used techniques in the field; Indeed, many of the newest and most interesting topics cannot be covered in a volume of this brevity. This volume sets forth routines of methodology, as well as gives guidance to the student in better understanding how we conduct our practice.
The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) is the sponsor of these guidelines.
Please click here to access Recommendations for the Practice of Clinical Neurophysiology: Guidelines of the IFCN (published in 1999).
Since this publication, further guidelines have been published in: Clinical Neurophysiology
Therapeutic clinical neurophysiology / Brain Stimulation
Electrodiagnostic medicine, EMG, Nerve conduction studies
EEGs are traditionally described and reported in free text formats. This probably contributes to the large inter-observer variability. Recently, a European consensus-statement has been published on the Standardised Computer-based Organised Reporting of EEG (SCORE). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506075
The initiative was supported both by the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and the Commission on European Affairs, International League Against Epilepsy.
The electroencephalographers assess and report the EEG findings by choosing from pre-defined terms, presented in a context sensitive manner. By doing this, a report is generated, and the data (the choices made during reporting) are fed into a database. A specific template is implemented for the neonatal EEGs, focusing on the temporal and spatial organisation of the neonatal EEG activity.
The aim of the SCORE initiative was to develop a consensus statement providing the medical template of a software for reporting EEG findings. Such software would decrease the inter-observer variability and will increase the quality.
IFCN appointed a taskforce for international review and revision of the current, European version. A free version of the software can be downloaded from this homepage:https://www.holbergeeg.com/GetHolbergSCORE.aspx
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions concerning SCORE, please contact Dr. Sándor Beniczky