The Allied Health Professional Summer School was developed in 2013 to further increase Parkinson-specific expertise among physiotherapists throughout Europe, through interactions with experts in the field and each other.
The first day will focus on topic presentations and discussion centered on Parkinson’s disease, the feasibility of various care options in your country, including how to ensure a continuum of care in a multidisciplinary and self-care perspective. The second day will focus on how to use and optimize Parkinson care by implementing the European PT guideline for decision support, assessment and management of Parkinson’s disease. It will be centered on physical capacity in the context of patient examination, gait, transfers and balance. Finally, the third day will be a small group patient practicum where participants will be able to examine patients under the guidance of two movement disorders specialists. Day four will be optional for physiotherapists interested in doing clinical research looking to foster new directions in rehabilitation research.
At the conclusion of this activity, you should be able to accomplish the following:
- Recognize the clinical presentation, management and progression of Parkinson’s disease
- Distinguish the response patterns and management issues between Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism
- Define a full subjective and objective assessment for a person with Parkinson’s disease, using appropriate recommended measurement tools
- Set SMART, core area related treatment goals, in joint collaboration with the patient
- Design, review and modify a patient specific treatment plan
- Support a person with Parkinson’s disease in movement-related self-management
- To identify the opportunities available within the MDS that lead to new or further collaboration/involvement within MDS
- Collaborate with referring physicians and other health professionals
- Introduce physiotherapists and investigators to the fundamentals of effective clinical trial design. Identify key topics in methodology, study design, and results analyses
This course is intended for physiotherapists who already have some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and are interested in further education and (international) collaboration. It will be taught by an MDS-ES international faculty of senior movement disorder specialists.