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Parkinson’s study success could see trial expanded

9 April 2014 - 3:19pm

A study designed to improve the care of people with Parkinson’s in hospital wards proved so successful that a wider trial could follow, a physiotherapist involved in the research has said.

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Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of Parkinson's

Fiona Lindop, a specialist physiotherapist at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the study at Royal Derby Hospital provided specialist training to the ward’s multidisciplinary team. This led to the development of an integrated, seamless service that reduced the average length of admission by three to four days.

Ms Lindop said the project had been ‘really successful’ in improving quality of care and that a multicentre trial using the same approach was likely.

Raising awareness

As part of events to mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week, which ends on 13 April, Ms Lindop went to a reception at 10 Downing Street. Hosted by Samantha Cameron and attended by a range of key influencers, the event was ‘an opportunity to make sure that the people who make decisions know the key messages about Parkinson’s’, Ms Lindop said.

She also attended a Parkinson’s UK workshop on establishing of a network of clinicians and people affected by the condition, with the aim of bringing about sustainable improvements in provision.

• Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of Parkinson’s, according to a recently-published CSP Physiotherapy works leaflet. It shows that systematic reviews of physiotherapy involvement have demonstrated patient benefits in a range of physical and quality of life measures.

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