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Move for Change (part 2: access to support services)

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.

Move for Change Part II: a European survey evaluating the impact of the EPDA Charter for people with Parkinson’s disease
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