Assessment of Parkinson’s

Assessment of Parkinson’s

What to consider and what to measure in Parkinson's assessment
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Introduction

Parkinson’s, as a condition, has an enormous impact on daily living. People with Parkinson’s will develop difficulties with walking, keeping their balance, and may have experienced, or be at risk of falling. For these individuals changing position is challenging, as is the maintenance of a good posture over the course of the disease process. Physiotherapists play a vital role in supporting people with Parkinson’s. In order to make the appropriate clinical decisions, a thorough assessment of the person's physical limitations should be undertaken. This course includes the primary elements of such an assessment, relevant outcome measures, a model for falls assessment and prediction and also important parts of the European Physiotherapy Guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease.

Aims

In this course, you will learn about the role of physiotherapists in the management of Parkinson’s, and how to conduct a holistic assessment approach.

Outline

This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.