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For Referring Physicians

Indications for Neuropsychological Consultation

Neuropsychological consultation has a major role in diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, educational, and vocational planning. It is especially valuable as an objective measure of pre- and post-treatment assessment. Patients who would benefit include adults and adolescents with the following conditions or needs:

  • Acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, central nervous system infection, toxic encephalopathy, brain tumor, or hypoxia
  • Degenerative disease (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Medical conditions affecting central nervous system function (e.g., cardiovascular, renal, liver, respiratory disorders, and Lyme disease)
  • Psychiatric conditions with a high index of risk for neurologic involvement (e.g., chronic alcoholism, schizophrenia)
  • Memory, attention, or language problems that impair functioning
  • Identification and description of cognitive abilities in preparation for neurosurgery, including post-surgical testing

Common Neuropsychological Referral Questions

  • To determine the presence, nature and severity of cognitive dysfunction related to illness or injury of the brain
  • To determine cognitive capacity for work, school and independent living
  • To provide baseline information to track cognitive impairments over time
  • To aid in differential diagnosis of complex patient presentations suspected of having neuropsychiatric components
  • To examine cognitive functioning for the purposes of Independent Medical Examinations or other forensic evaluation purposes
  • To identify psychological factors such as depression that either falsely appear as disorders of brain function or contribute to cognitive dysfunction
  • To provide diagnostic information needed prior to neurosurgical procedures
  • To provide treatment recommendations for cognitive disorders and psychological adjustment