From the Netherlands: A Better Way to Care for People with Parkinson’s

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<p>As many as a million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and the number of cases may double by 2040 as the overall U.S. population grows older. As part of our continuing effort to highlight effective new approaches to care delivery from around the world, The Commonwealth Fund profiles a program in the Netherlands that’s been shown to improve quality of life, as well as lower treatment costs, for those suffering from the degenerative condition.</p><p>As reported by Bradford Gray, Dana O. Sarnak, and Marit Tanke, M.D., the Dutch program, called ParkinsonNet, emphasizes guideline-based care provided in the home and community by networks of multidisciplinary professionals, including neurologists, pharmacists, and physical, occupational, speech, and sex therapists. Central to the model is a web-based platform allowing patients to find information about the disease and treatment options, participate in online communities, and provide feedback on their care.</p>
<p>In addition to improving patient outcomes, ParkinsonNet has also expanded knowledge of Parkinson’s treatment and increased job satisfaction among health professionals.</p> Read the profile