The Parkinson’s Academy is now working with Dr Frank Phelan, the 2017 MasterClass Project Award winner, to turn his video guide to diagnosis project into an interactive tool for clinicians.

The MasterClass project is an integral part of the Parkinson’s MasterClass which attendees undertake on a subject of interest within their own work setting. Frank decided use his MasterClass project as an opportunity to create a resource which gives a description of the core features of Parkinson’s disease and all of its mimics side by side, all supported by video clips demonstrating particular features. Not only is this an aid for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, but also helps with the subtle differentiation between the other possible mimics such as multisystem atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasilar degeneration and essential tremor.

Putting together a library of video clips was no mean feat, and Frank found it quite a challenge to source videos with the necessary permissions (from both the publishers and patients). However, Dr Neil Archibald has kindly volunteered his own video material and now the plans to take Frank’s project to the next stage are going ahead. The Parkinson’s Academy team is working on developing the video guide to diagnosis into a user friendly interactive tool, which clinicians can easily explore depending on the symptoms or features or Parkinson’s or other movement disorders that they are interested in.

We are really excited about the tool which is sure to be an invaluable resource for all types of professionals involved in movement disorder care. We look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

You can read more about Frank Phelan’s video guide to diagnosis project here

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