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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Australia & New Zealand neurology e-newsletter planned

December 8, 2016

by Rachael Hansford The Neurology Academy is working with ACNR (Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation) to produce an editorial e-newsletter for specialists in Australia and New Zealand in mid-January 2017. This collaboration will allow specialists in the region to freely access high quality, country specific, peer reviewed content via ACNR’s website.

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Big data, little data – and how to get your hands on it

December 8, 2016

Digitisation of services, big data and informatics by Sue Thomas & Dr Neil Archibald The connected person today is generating more data than ever before and in the retail world, companies are capturing and integrating as much of this data as they can in order to understand each customer better with every interaction. Advances have […]

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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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Supporting our patients & preventing unnecessary admissions

December 6, 2016

by Dr Andrea Lindahl Excellence Network Parkinson’s professionals have put together an interactive resource with ideas about how to anticipate issues and keep people with Parkinson’s out of hospital for as long as possible. Having to go into hospital is especially daunting for people with Parkinson’s, because many hospital wards struggle to make sure people with […]

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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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pdmedcalc.co.uk Online medication conversion tool

November 29, 2016

by Dr James Fisher If you look after people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) you’ll know that sometimes medication administration in hospital is not as good as it could be. Things can get particularly challenging when patients are unable to take their usual tablets due to swallowing difficulties or being made nil by mouth (NBM). Missing […]

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