Parkinson's diagnoses on the rise in the UK

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A new Parkinson's UK report reveals the projected incidence and prevalence of Parkinson's in the UK for 2018.

The number of people diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s is increasing, according to the latest research from Parkinson’s UK.  They 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. The Parkinson’s UK analysis suggests that 1 in every 37 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime. 

The analysis

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. 

The challenge

The growth in Parkinson’s  shown in the report is a huge challenge. It is now more urgent than ever that people affected by Parkinson’s receive the support they need and new treatments and a cure are found. 

The statistics also highlight the current need for further improvements in Parkinson’s services, and for more professionals with the right expertise.

Parkinson’s UK chief executive Steve Ford says:

"The number of people with Parkinson’s is increasing. Our new figures show that on average, 50 people are diagnosed every day. It’s more urgent than ever to find better treatments and a cure for this condition. 

"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 the day when we can say, 'People used to have Parkinson's'."

Where can I get more information? 

 We have a report available with estimates for 2018.

If you have any questions about the report, get in touch with us at excellence@parkinsons.org.uk

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