By Dr Cheng Khuang Lim, ST5, Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Parkinson’s Advanced MasterClass 34A, November 2018



Parkinsonism is common in care home. The prevalence and demographics of care home patients with parkinsonism remains poorly investigated. Previous studies suggested that around 5-7% care home patients have parkinsonism. (Susan L. Mitchell MD 1996) (Robert J.Buchanana 2002) The 3 year mortality was 50% in care home with parkinsonism. (Fernandez HH 2002) Despite that, the diagnosis and management of care home patients with parkinsonism were suboptimum. (JP. 1991) (Weerkamp NJ 2012) (Makoutonina M 2010)


  1. Understand the demographics of care home residents with parkinsonism in Salford Royal Foundation Trust.
  2. Investigate reason for admission of care home residents with parkinsonism.
  3. To review the quality of advanced care plan in care home residents with Parkinsonism.


We obtained a list of care home residents with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, vascular parkinsonism and parkinsonism plus syndrome from community geriatricians in February 2018. Following this, we collected data about patient demographic data, hospital admissions in the last 24 months and advanced care plan using EPR. The data was processed using Microsoft Excel.


56 patients (27 male) with the mean age of 79.89 (SD 8.14) w1ere included in this study. 36 of them also have the diagnosis of dementia.

Number of patients
Idiopathic parkinson’s disease 31
Vascular parkinsonism 8
Parkinsonism-plus syndrome 11
Drug induced parkinsonism 6


Staging of IPD

Number of patients
Stage 1 0
Stage 2 4
Stage 3 17
Stage 4 8


Number of medications

Number of medications
0 13
1 32
2 8
3 3

Regular physician who reviewed patients

Community geriatrician
Neurologist 11
Neurolopsychiatrist 5
None 9

34 of them had at least 1 admission in the last 24 months.

Reasons for admission
Number of patients
Infection 11
Fall 6
Reduced conscious level 5

4 patients passed away since January 2018. None of them had up-to-date advanced care plan and one of them died in ED after CPR.

Number of patients
Advanced care plan 19
Resuscitation 25
Preferred place of care/death 18


MDT input
Number of patients
Physiotherapy 14
Occupational therapy 11
Speech and language therapy 19
Dietician 22



The management of care home residents with parkinsonism is suboptimum. We should aim to improve their care in community and hopefully this can reduce unnecessary hospital stay.


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