An update on our campaign to raise awareness of impulsive and
We are running a short online survey that asks people with Parkinson's and their carer whether anyone has spoken to them about the potential side effects of Parkinson's medication.
12 April 2012
Our campaign to raise awareness of impulsive and compulsive behaviour is gathering
momentum and we have some key updates for you.
Talking to professionals
We recently conducted some research with neurologists and care
of the elderly physicians to find out about their knowledge of
impulsive and compulsive behaviour.
There were some positive findings but it showed that even though
82% of consultants have identified patients with Parkinson's who are experiencing impulsive and
compulsive behaviour, only 48% of consultants pre-screen people
before prescribing Parkinson's
Pre-screening patients can make a huge difference so as part of
our campaign we are working with healthcare
professionals to draw up a tool that helps them talk through
what the possible side effects are, and which people are more
likely to experience them
We will also use opportunities like conferences to tell
consultants why screening people before they start medication that
can potentially cause impulsive and compulsive behaviour is so
Tell us your views
We want to be able to make sure our campaign is having an
To do this we are running a short online survey that asks people
with Parkinson's and their carer whether anyone has spoken to them
about the potential side effects of Parkinson's medication.
You can fill in the survey whether or not you've experienced
impulsive and compulsive behaviour. It should take about 5
minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is 5pm on
Monday 14 May 2012.
We will be running the survey again in a year's time. This will
allow us to compare the 2 figures and help us tell whether our
campaign has worked to raise awareness amongst healthcare
We should see a rise in the number of people who are having
these side effects discussed with them.
If you know someone who would like to fill in the survey, but
don't have access to the internet, they can call 020 7963 9358 to