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Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 30, 2021


[Consensus statement of the Hungarian Clinical Neurogenic Society about the therapy of adult SMA patients]

BOCZÁN Judit, KLIVÉNYI Péter, KÁLMÁN Bernadette, SZÉLL Márta, KARCAGI Veronika, ZÁDORI Dénes, MOLNÁR Mária Judit

[Background – Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive, progressive neuromuscular disorder resulting in a loss of lower motoneurons. Recently, new disease-modifying treatments (two drugs for splicing modification of SMN2 and one for SMN1 gene replacement) have become available. Purpose – The new drugs change the progression of SMA with neonatal and childhood onset. Increasing amount of data are available about the effects of these drugs in adult patients with SMA. In this article, we summarize the available data of new SMA therapies in adult patients. Methods – Members of the Executive Committee of the Hungarian Clinical Neurogenetic Society surveyed the literature for palliative treatments, randomized controlled trials, and retrospective and prospective studies using disease modifying therapies in adult patients with SMA. Patients – We evaluated the outcomes of studies focused on treatments of adult patients mainly with SMA II and III. In this paper, we present our consensus statement in nine points covering palliative care, technical, medical and safety considerations, patient selection, and long-term monitoring of adult patients with SMA. This consensus statement aims to support the most efficient management of adult patients with SMA, and provides information about treatment efficacy and safety to be considered during personalized therapy. It also highlights open questions needed to be answered in future. Using this recommendation in clinical practice can result in optimization of therapy.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 18, 2020

[Digitally-assisted treatment planning in precision oncology]


[The progress of molecular information based on personalized precision medicine has reached a new milestone. Actually, about 6 million mutations of 600 genes may be related to the development of cancer, and on average, 3-4 of these “driver” mutations are present in each patient. Due to the progress in molecular diagnostics, we can now routinely identify the molecular profile of tumors in clinical settings. By clinical translation, there are actually available more than 125 targeted pharmaceuticals and hundreds of such therapies are under clinical trial. As a result, we have many first-line and licenced treatment options to be elected by molecular information as the optimal one for every patient. There is an increasing need for complex informatics solutions by medical software. Geneticists, molecular biologists, molecular pathologists, molecular pharmacologists are already using bioinformatics and interpretation software on their daily work. Today, online digital tools of artificial intelligence are also available for physicians for assisted treatment planning. Telemedicine, videoconferencing provide solutions for interdisciplinary virtual molecular tumor boards, which democratizes the access to precision oncology for all doctors and patients. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

NOVEMBER 04, 2020

[Wearing a face mask: effect on a doctor – patient relationship. Complicating factors and their compensations]

VONYIK Gabriella, FARKAS Martin, TURNER Andrea, FINTA Ervin, BORSZÉKI Judit

[Wearing face masks plays an important role to effectively decrease the chance of transmitting respiratory diseases. Face masks commonly worn during the Covid-19 pandemic to shield the mouth and the nose, cover about 60- 70% of the area of the face that is crucial for the effective verbal and nonverbal communication and perception of mental states. Face masks may complicate social interaction especially in the medical setting where communication skills and doctor-patient relationship are essential to primary care consultations. Literature was reviewed on the impact of such face masks on effective doctor and patient communication as well as useful alternative ways are suggested to compensate them in order to maintain the effective doctor-patient interaction.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2019

A clinical study of an online educational programme for chronic pain patients

GALAMBOS Wellingerné Krisztina, SZOK Délia, CSABAI Márta

Background - The research of alexithymia - the inability to express or understand emotions - has recently become of great importance in clinical practice, mainly in the field of doctor-patient and psychologist patient communication. Many studies have proven the correlation between alexithymia and the development of functional somatic symptoms, i.e. somatization. Purpose - The aim of this clinical study was to examine the emotion-recognition and emotion communication patterns of patients suffering from chronic pain (e.g., headache, low back pain, arthralgia, neuropathy). Moreover, the participants received access to the Hungarian adaptation of a new international online educational site ( dealing with pain management. Methods - Data were collected from the Headache and Chronic Pain Outpatient Clinic, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary (tertiary care - Group 1) and from a general practice in district 2, Budapest, Hungary (primary care - Group 2) from March, 2017 to April, 2018. Patients received a test package containing a pain-specific questionnaire, then the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS), the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), and the shortened Hungarian version of the WHO-Well-being (WBI-5) had to be completed. After filling out the questionnaires, all patients got access to the Hungarian adaptation of the website. Results - Altogether 92 patients participated in the study (Group 1 n=50; Group 2 n=42). Based on the TAS-20 re­sults, 35 patients reached a pathological score (≥60 points), which indicates the diagnosis of alexithymia. The mean TAS-score was lower in Group 2 (primary care) than in Group 1 (tertiary care) (p=0.003). The DERS disclosed pathological results in 19 cases (p=0.009). As regards the chapters, we received feedback only from 25 out of 92 patients (27%) (Group 1 n=20; Group 2 n=5). Conclusions - Although the examined patients have been suffering from different chronic pain syndromes for years and 50% of them confirmed that symptoms placed at least moderate or heavy burden on their everyday life, the available educational programme was studied only by a smaller proportion of patients than expected. Additionally, those who surveyed the Hungarian adaptation of the website were mainly patients from primary care (Group 2), in spite of the fact that patients from specialized medical care (Group 1) had worse subjective conditions. Our future objective is to extend our database with follow-up results and to improve patients’ response willingness.

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 20, 1996

[Rehabilitation of communication by computer controlled synthesized speech]


[A method of speech rehabilitation by computer aided synthesized speech is reported. This method is useful in patients with severe dysarthria, dysphonia and motor aphasia, when agraphia and alexia are not present. The improved communication helps the patients to adapt to their milieu and decreases social isolation. A case history is given of a patient who uses this method successfully during her daily activities. The speech therapy was significantly supported by the use of computer for synthesized speech. The 48-year old woman underwent a cardiac operation (implan tation of artificial valve) due to previous myocarditis and mitral insufficiency before the present neurological complication. She suffered multiple ischemic attacks leading to the loss of motor performance of speech.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[Assessment of multidisciplinary teams in psychiatric care – Lessons of three focus groups ]

MOLNÁR László, ZANA Ágnes, GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa, SZVATH Petra

[Our research group, has studied psychiatric and psycho­the­ra­peutic teams since 2015. The aim of the present research was to identify the Hun­garian characteristics of team composition and operation. Qualitative focus group survey has been conducted on the operation of multidisciplinary teams at the annual conferences of the Hungarian Psychiatric Society in 2017, 2018 and 2019. These three groups focused on the issues of leadership, communication within the team, and competencies. The groups of an average of 17 people formed spontaneously by participation of professionals with different qualifications. The main results of the focus groups were as follows: 1. The various ty­pes of leadership within the team require the distribution and allocation of res­pon­si­bilities and roles and stop the dest­­ruc­tions. 2. Wi­thin the teams there are pre­vai­ling the informal channels of communication. 3. It is im­portant to clarify com­petencies and responsibilities. 'Actually, psy­chiat­ric spe­cia­lists' list of competencies there is not available in Hungary. It seems necessary to define more precisely and reconsider the professional competences of the specialized training in psychiatry and integrating these in the education, further promote the development of „list of competences in psychiatric specialization” by the legislators. The second phase of the research continues as a quantitative study based on the foregoing results gained by questionnaires. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[How can the specialists be contacted? Ways of communication in the specialist-patient consultation]

MOLNÁR Regina, PAULIK Edit, SÁGI Zoltán, KÖVES Béla

[Consulting the specia­list means face-to-face meetings traditionally. Nowadays patients do not need to go to the outpatient clinic to see the doctor since many new communication options have already been available. The aim of our study was to explore how typically doctors and patients use other options (as phone call or e-mail) beside face-to-face appointments in the outpatient clinic. We conducted a focus group interview with specialists and health workers and an in-depth interview with the chief nurse of an outpatient clinic in Budapest. The specialist-patient consultation is mostly face-to-face in the specialist’s office in the presence of the nurse, whose role is complex and pivotal. Fur­ther­more, the landline phone is an essential device, as the patients can reach the specialist or nurse in their office hours. The application of e-mail or mobile phone is incidental. The website of the outpatient clinic provides practical information to patients. Traditional postal letters, leaflets, and publications are also typical for providing information. The doctors’ opinion was rather heterogeneous about the pa­tients’ Internet usage and about the on­line contact with patients. Beside increasing the capacities the deliberate and organized introduction and application of technical de­vices, may reduce the overburdening of health professionals.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[Hungarian Hypertension Registry. Different methods and effects of increasing physician-patient cooperation on target blood pressure]


[The life expectancy, the mortality and the development of complications of hypertensive patients are fundamentally influenced by the treatment, the effectiveness of care and physician-patient cooperation, the achievement of target blood pressure. Based on the database of the Hungarian Hypertonia Registry, we present three examples of the effect of different solutions for physician-patient cooperation on increasing the blood pressure target. During the two years between 2005 and 2007, we used a complex, versatile method of increasing the patient’s adherence in treated hypertensive patients (17,114 males and 21,772 women), with information, education, home-blood pressure diary, and continuous, regular physician- patient communication (sms, green phone line, website). The target blood pressure was significantly increased from 38.8% to 43.9%, and the rate of growth was higher in women. The increase was also significant in the elderly (over 70 years). In the first quarter of 2011, we launched a wide-ranging education and patient support campaign for 28,018 hypertensive patients under the ‘Everywhere Good, Best Home!’ subprogram for promoting of home blood pressure measurement and its use in therapy. 81.3% of the patients had completed the diaries under ther observation period, the full completion of the diaries was 91.3%. At the end of the third month, the target blood pressure of 135/85 mmHg for HBPM increased from baseline 21.2% to 48.8%. Growth was significant (P <0.001). In the year 2015-2016 we started a one-year, multicentric, prospective, observational study, in which 7735 patients aged 18-64 years were included from the database of Hungarian Hypertension Registry. In the non-active group (3313 people), treated hypertensive patients were controlled according to the traditional care program so far, while the active group members (4422) participated in an intensive care program with telemedicine (smart phone application) and other helping opportunities. The control was done at the end of 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after the start. In the active group, blood pressure dier was done by smart phone and every month, in the non-active group, paper logging was done every 3 months. In the active group, the blood pressure dieries were filled with smart phone every month and in nonactive group the paper dieries only every 3 months. Patient adherence was high in both groups (around 70%) and in the active group was greater than in the nonactive group. Target blood pressure (<140/90 mmHg) in the active group increased from 53.8% to 73.4% and in the non-active group from 49.9% to 68.1%. Studies have shown that patient interaction is determined by good communication between the care team and the patient, success of home blood pressure monitoring. The communicative ability of the care team (physician-nurse pharmacist) greatly influences the achievement of the therapeutic target. Modern telecommunications is another useful option.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2019

[Family medicine as a career. Medical students’ attitudes and vocational choice motivations]


[INTRODUCTION - The large number of vacant general practices is a burning issue in Hungary. The entering of new colleagues into the general practitioner speciality training does not pose a real solution to the human resources crisis in this field. Our aim is to assess medical students’ attitudes and knowledge about general practice. SAMPLE AND METHOD - Cross-sectional survey with self-completed questionnaires at the University of Szeged, with the participation of 94 fourth and fifth year medical students in 2016 and 78 first and fourth year medical students in 2017. RESULTS - In 2016 1% of students planned for sure, and 16% planned probably to work as a general practitioner in the future. In 2017 3.9% of first-year students planned definitely to be a general practitioner, and 15.4% planned that probably. Among fourth-year students 0% of students planned for sure, and 19.2% planned probably to work as a general practitioner in the future. Whatever the presence of family medicine in undergraduate training influenced the medical students’ opinion about the profession positively (0.4-1.3 on a scale based on the direction and strength of the effects of certain factors ranging from -5 to +5). Those who were interested in family medicine considered the situation of healthcare significantly worse (p=0.027), than those who were not interested. To make the profession more attractive the following factors may play the most important role: the more intense presentation (I: 37%) of general practice in undergraduate training, improving the prestige of family medicine (IV: 31%), high-quality work (IV: 39%). CONCLUSIONS - Few medical students plan to work as general practitioner in the future. The most effective way to raise interest in family medicine is to increase the students’ knowledge and awareness of this specialisation, and the more intensive presentation of family medicine in undergraduate training is a key issue.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[The role of telemedicine is to help the optimal patient-doctor cooperation in the treatment of hypertension]

KÉKES Ede, SZEGEDI János, †KISS István

[Telemedicine is now an indispensable part of healthcare and has overtaken the development of hospital information systems. Modern basic and specialized care requires the development of a state-of-the-art communication system between the patient and the physician. One of the main reasons for this is the attempt to raise the level of disease to a higher level, increase the level of prevention and care, involve the patient in the treatment, and care process as an active participant. The latter as a demand is growing ever since the various forms of telecommunication are becoming more and more informed. The technical solutions of telemedicine appear in two forms: In one, the signs and the values of the medical devices (sensors) through the various telecommunication systems are transmitted to the physician. The other solution is using smart phones and other devices (iPad, tablet), where patients send signals, data, and symptoms to your doctor. However, patient information (eg diet, lifestyle, etc.) and instructions from your doctor may arise, a continuous medical consultation can be established in which the patient is a doctor’s partner. This solution is promoted by the rapid spread of telecommunication tools in all layers of society. Authors present the methods of both solutions and details the practical aspects of telemedicine methods in hypertension disease.]