Number of people with Parkinson's in the UK set to rise
23 January 2012
The number of people with Parkinson's
in the UK is set to rise by 28% by 2020, according to new
Our research shows that there are currently 127,000 people with Parkinson's in the UK.
This is around 7,000 more than previously thought.
Over the past year, our Research team has analysed the General
Practice Research Database (GPRD) to make sure our figures are as
accurate and up to date as possible.
The GPRD is the largest database of anonymous long-term medical
records from GPs.
28% rise by 2020
The figures from our research show that there are currently
127,000 people with Parkinson's in the UK - around 7,000 more than
In addition, by 2020 the number of people with Parkinson's will
rise to 162,000, an increase of 28%.
This is based on population estimates - the UK has an ageing
population so it's likely that there will be more people
living with the condition in the future.
You may have seen the new figures in The
Parkinson, our membership magazine, or recent media coverage.
Our Parkinson's prevalence research
By 2020 the number of people with Parkinson's in the UK will rise to 162,000 - an increase of 28%.
Kieran Breen, our director of research and innovation,
"It's essential that we know the prevalence of Parkinson's in
the UK so we can make sure there are adequate services for people
with the condition.
"We are confident that improvements in diagnosis and recording
of data, as well as the scale of the analysis we've done, means
these figures are an accurate representation of the numbers of
people with Parkinson's in the UK."