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Parkinson's diagnoses set to increase by a fifth by 2025


The number of people diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s is increasing, according to our latest research.

We estimate that in 2018 around 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition - that’s around 1 in 350 adults in the UK. And Parkinson’s diagnoses are set to rise by nearly a fifth by 2025.

What’s causing the increase?

The increase is due to a growing and ageing population. 

Our analysis suggests that 1 in every 37 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime. 

The growth in Parkinson’s diagnoses shown in this report is a huge challenge. It is now more urgent than ever that we give people affected by Parkinson’s the support they need, drive better care and find new treatments and a cure. 

How do we know?

We analysed medical records of a large sample of patients registered with UK GPs. This helped us estimate the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the UK in 2018 – and the number that are likely to be diagnosed in the future. For more information, you can download the report.

What can we do?

As the UK’s leading Parkinson’s charity, we drive better care, treatments and quality of life. 

“Over the last few decades we have unlocked vital research discoveries. The science is now ready – we won’t wait for a treatment that can stop, slow or reverse Parkinson’s.
I want to change these statistics. Pioneering research is the only way to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's.” – Steve Ford, Chief Executive, Parkinson’s UK.

Download the report

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The incidence and prevalence of Parkinson's in the UK: Summary of findings (PDF, 408KB)

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