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Physiotherapists create Europe-wide guidance on Parkinson’s

19 January 2015 - 9:52am

Physiotherapists from 19 European countries have joined forces to produce evidence-based guidance about the treatment and care of people with Parkinson’s.


Physio Bhanu Ramaswamy represented the CSP on the development group

The European physiotherapy guideline for Parkinson’s disease is the first of its kind. Endorsed by the CSP, it provides recommendations that are applicable to international healthcare systems.

The guidance is suitable for physiotherapists who have limited knowledge about Parkinson’s as well as those who are experts, says Bhanu Ramaswamy. The education and project officer for the older people professional network Agile represented the society on the development group.

‘As well as focusing on the physicality of our interventions, this guidance considers assessment and interventions that are indicated for people with cognitive impairments,’ she said.

It also has a section on respiratory interventions, because a large proportion of people with Parkinson’s die from respiratory complications.

The guide includes four ‘quick reference’ cards. These cover history taking, physical examination, treatment goals and grade-based recommendations.

Agile president Anna Jones was also part of the guideline steering group, representing the Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson's Disease Europe.

She said: ‘This guidance has the potential to support equality of access to evidence-informed care across Europe.’

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