Physios create Europe-wide guidance on Parkinson's

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Evidence based guidance about the treatment and care of people with Parkinson's has been published recently by the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) and ParkinsonNet.

This guidance will help both physiotherapists and people with Parkinson's to better manage the condition.

This involved a group of physiotherapists from 19 European countries, as well as people with Parkinson's from across Europe.

Read the European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson's Disease.

Encouraging better Parkinson's care

The European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson's Disease, endorsed by the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy (CSP), is an update on guidelines previously developed in 2004.

The guidelines provide recommendations that are applicable to international healthcare systems.

Physiotherapist Bhanu Ramaswamy, Chair of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Service User Involvement Group, helped develop the guidance. 

Bhanu said:

"This guidance, developed using international research, the opinions of people with Parkinson's and the expertise of health professionals, will help both physiotherapists and people with Parkinson's to better manage the condition.

Promoting excellence

The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network will be an ideal forum to share and disseminate good practice.

"For practitioners in the UK, the publication of the guidance could not be more timely. 

"Educational materials about Parkinson's for physiotherapists can now be guided by the recommendations of this document and shared through the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network which will be an ideal forum to share and disseminate good practice."