Parkinson’s disease

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Description

The NHG Guideline on Parkinson’s disease provides recommendations for the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease and the symptoms and disorders related to Parkinson’s disease.
The guideline is based on the multi-disciplinary guideline on Parkinson’s disease (2010).

The characteristic symptom of Parkinson’s disease is bradykinesia in combination with rigidity, rest tremor and/or postural instability. If the general practitioner suspects Parkinson’s disease or Parkinsonism, the patient should be referred to a neurologist, preferably with specific expertise in movement disorders.

The treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease and associated symptoms involves a neurologist, a general practitioner, and a Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist working in close cooperation. The general practitioner has a role in diagnosing and treating associated symptoms and disorders, and in supporting and counseling the patient and his/her partner or caregiver.

A national network of care providers specialised in the management of patients with Parkinson’s disease (ParkinsonNet) has been established in the Netherlands in order to improve the quality of care to patients with Parkinson’s disease.


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The guideline program of the College is designed for GPs in the context of the Dutch healthcare system. It makes no warranties concerning the efficacy of the guidelines used in other countries. The information is for educational and/or professional use only and is provided in good faith without any express or implied warranty. The College does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by use of the information contained on the website nor from any access to the website. All access and use is at the risk of the end-user.

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Authors

Draijer LW, Eizenga WH, Sluiter

Pages

13

Revision Date

July 2011