Bone health in patients with Parkinson’s disease

December 8, 2016

by Dr Aishling Murray & Dr Thea Jones After attending the MasterClass and being tasked with producing a project encompassing aspects of Parkinons patient care, we endeavoured to create a project relevant to our particular patient cohort. As a newly appointed consultant geriatrician, and SpR with a specialist interest in orthogeriatrics and movement disorders, we […]

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Knowing our own business: Groundwork for Older Adults Parkinson’s Service

December 6, 2016

by Dr Kate Scott In Wellington, New Zealand, our Older Adult service runs three Parkinson’s clinics. In choosing an improvement project, the author reflected that she needed to clarify some basic information before any other improvement was planned: Who the patients are What they want How the clinics fit in with the other services available […]

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Improving access to psychiatric services for people with Parkinson’s

December 1, 2016

A survey of Parkinson’s disease nurses working in the East Midlands by Dr Christine Helen Taylor Parkinson’s disease is one of only a few disorders which can cause physical and mental health issues in equal measure however traditionally Parkinson’s disease services have focused on the motor symptoms perhaps at the expense of the non-motor symptoms […]

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Improving outcomes for inpatients with Parkinson’s by reducing medical error

December 1, 2016

by Dr Matt Butler The soon to be updated 2006 NICE guidelines for Parkinson’s disease (PD) offer comprehensive advice regarding best practice for management of inpatients with Parkinson’s.[1] Most importantly the guidance states that Parkinson’s drugs should not be changed suddenly or withdrawn abruptly on admission to hospital. The majority of hospital patients with PD are clerked in by doctors […]

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Parkinson’s & intimate relationships: A neglected area?

November 29, 2016

by Dr Ali Mackett Traditionally Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been considered a motor disorder, however as the disease progresses there are a number of recognised non-motor complications. These may not be directly related to the dopaminergic pathway, and may therefore develop in patients with well controlled motor symptoms [1]. One particular area, which has arguably […]

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OPTIMAL calculator: A guideline for inpatient management

December 22, 2015

by Dr Naomi Fox In the last issue, I was given the opportunity to tell you about OPTIMAL: an online resource developed by University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, aiming to improve management of Parkinson’s medication when patients are admitted to hospital for any reason.

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From acorns

December 19, 2015

by Dr Richard Genever One constant feature of the Parkinson’s MasterClass has been to complete a piece of work between the first and second modules. The nature of the project has varied greatly but the idea of building on experiences and doing that in a way that helps to improve services has always been there. […]

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