European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson's Disease
The 1st European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson’s Disease has
been launched and copy can now be downloaded at www.parkinsonnet.info/
The guideline is NOW available in Portuguese and German languages. See "Important downloads & links" below
23 May 2015 - European Guideline for Parkinson’s – how to apply it in daily practice
First course on guideline implementation in Luxembourg
Speaker: Mariella Graziano APPDE President
A day course / Language French
12 December 2013 - Health and Social Care Professionals (HSCP) funded dissemination of the European Parkinson’s Guidelines
Speakers: Roisin Moloney, Elaine Harrington, Gillian Quinn, Eithne Waldron, David Hegarty
Advanced Training Course
2 days course/language English
As an important step towards evidence-based physiotherapy in Parkinson’s disease, in 2004, the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) published the guideline Parkinson’s disease.
For this guideline, practice recommendations were developed according to international standards: based on the results of a systematic literature review, supplemented with clinical expertise and patient values. Trying to support optimal care for all Parkinson patients, the guideline was made available for free in Dutch and English (www.kngf.nl).
In 2010, ParkinsonNet and the KNGF, following a recommendation by the APPDE, was provided a grant to update the guideline. The Guideline Development Group represented professional physiotherapy associations from 19 European countries. People with Parkinson’s disease were involved in the Guideline development from the outset and contributed throughout the process.
The Guideline comes in four parts:
- The Guideline, mainly for physiotherapists: background on Parkinson’s disease and health management, physiotherapy core areas and rationale and evidence for categories of interventions.
- Information for people with Parkinson’s: self-management support and how to get the best out of physiotherapy care
- Information for clinicians: when to refer to physiotherapy and what to expect.
- Information to the development and scientific justification of the Guideline: insight in the barriers and facilitators of current care and details to measurement tools and the GRADE-based recommendations.
The APPDE website has archives of the development process but for any questions, or a wish to be involved, please get in contact with the project leaders.
Dr. Samyra H.J. Keus
Radboud University Medical Centre (NL)
To obtain the Portuguese
The European Physiotherapy Guideline for Parkinson's Disease is available in German.
To obtain the German guideline
Dr. Samyra H.J. Keus presented the Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s disease - A joint European Guideline at the MDS Congress 2014