This blog is the fourth in a series detailing the roles of each member of a comprehensive care team.
The Parkinson's Foundation has designated 45 medical centers around the world as "Centers of Excellence," including 31 in the United States. A Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence is an academic medical center with a specialized team of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, physical and occupational therapists, mental health professionals and others who are up to date on the latest Parkinson's disease (PD) medications, therapies and research to provide the best care.
People living with Parkinson's disease (PD) benefit most from a comprehensive, team-based healthcare approach. The Parkinson's Foundation promotes an allied health team approach in our Centers of Excellence networks. Having a group of medically diverse experts effectively managing your PD symptoms can maximize your quality of life. While some people find all of their specialists in one practice, in most cases, the person with PD will have to build a team.
Managing Parkinson’s disease (PD) well can be challenging. Finding a doctor who’s well-versed in PD and will help guide you on the journey makes it easier.
It’s natural to begin by discussing initial symptoms with your family doctor or internist, who may refer you to a general neurologist or one specialized in movement disorders to rule out Parkinson’s.
People living with Parkinson's disease (PD) who seek expert care have better outcomes. Their complication risks are lower, and they enjoy better quality and longer lives. In fact, neurologist care saves about 4,600 lives each year in the U.S. alone. Better access to this care could help tens of thousands of people with Parkinson's.
Whether you're newly diagnosed or have been living with Parkinson's for a while, getting the right care at the right time can make a difference for you and your family.
Living well with Parkinson’s disease (PD) begins by taking a patient-centered approach to healthcare. People experience Parkinson’s differently. By building a diverse team of health experts to successfully manage your unique PD symptoms, you can maximize your quality of life.
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One of the powerful concepts to emerge in healthcare over the past decade is health confidence. Health confidence is the confidence that you can control and manage most of your health problems, according to Dartmouth College health policy professor John Wasson. People with high health confidence are significantly less likely to be hospitalized long-term, fear their medication or feel like they were harmed by their disease versus similar people with low confidence.
“Sexual health is the fundamental right of each person to enjoy and control his/her sexual and reproductive behavior in accordance with social and personal ethics,” states the World Health Organization, 2004. The Tel Aviv movement disorders center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence believes in helping their patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in all facets of life, including sexual health.
Three out of four people with Parkinson's disease (PD) do not get their medications on time when hospitalized, according to a Parkinson's Foundation research study. As a result, 61 percent of those patients develop serious complications. In 2011, the Struthers Parkinson's Center, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, decided to change these statistics.