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Targeting Parkinson's disease--the case for early referral.
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PMID:  16422034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and disabling condition, for which guidelines for best practice have recently been implemented in the U.K. One of the key issues discussed is the provision of a continuum of care by a multidisciplinary team, which must comprise professionals with specialist expertise, including a PD specialist nurse and patient carer(s). Emphasis is placed on the importance of referral of de novo patients to specialist centres for confirmation of diagnosis and management. A synopsis of the classes of drugs available, differential diagnosis and the role of drug treatment in PD are also presented. The guidelines highlight that revision of national guidelines to form local protocols and working practices will improve and integrate care for PD patients. The significance of teamwork and good communication between primary care specialists in the management of PD is emphasised throughout.
J Playfer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current medical research and opinion     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0300-7995     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Med Res Opin     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-20     Completed Date:  2006-03-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0351014     Medline TA:  Curr Med Res Opin     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Family Practice / standards
Parkinson Disease / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Patient Care Team*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Primary Health Care / standards*
Referral and Consultation*
Time Factors

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