The Parkinson's Foundation leads the development of new treatments and care models through its Centers of Excellence network. Each Center of Excellence is staffed by some of the world’s foremost specialists in every aspect of the complex, multidisciplinary care that delivers the best results for people with Parkinson’s. The network comprises 42 leading medical centers around the world, including 28 in the United States. These Centers of Excellence:
Centers of Excellence
There are approximately 3,000 movement disorder specialists in the world. While they are all neurologists, not all of them have experience treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). For every person with Parkinson’s to receive treatment from a specialist, each one of these doctors would have to treat more than 3,000 people with PD. Parkinson’s Foundation estimates that the average movement disorder specialist sees a total of 350 patients. That’s more than 8.9 million people with PD who are not being treated by a specialist.
Part of Steven Goldenthal’s job is to get people connected. He wants to know how they feel, gets to know their medical history, what medications they take and if they are happy with their Parkinson’s disease (PD) care.
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Miriam* stopped using her cane. It was beat up, falling apart and wasn’t helping her manage her Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms. Medicare told her she had to wait to qualify for a new one.
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.
Something resonated with me on my recent visit to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. As I listened to the Parkinson’s patients and caregivers panel, I was impressed to learn that everyone unanimously agreed on the vital importance of team care. From the movement disorder specialist to the nurse, everyone kept referring to “our” care plan. It was working.