The second part of the Move for Change survey determined whether the third point of the 1997 Charter – that people with Parkinson's “have access to support services” – is being met across Europe. This survey went live in April 2011 and closed at the end of October that year.
Consistent findings across the 35 countries surveyed revealed that:
- the neurologist and GP are the most accessible healthcare professionals, but an increased understanding of Parkinson’s and its symptoms is necessary to treat a patient appropriately
- the use of a multidisciplinary team and additional support services in the treatment and care of Parkinson’s has been shown to be beneficial and encouraged across Europe, but access to a number of allied health services – such as Parkinson’s disease specialist nurses – is limited
If you are interested in going into much more detail about these survey results, click on the links on the right. Of particular interest is the peer-reviewed article published in the European Journal of Neurology
(below). The article was written by two high-profile Parkinson's specialists, Professor Bastiaan Bloem and Professor Fabrizio Stocchi.