Wednesday, November 18, 1998 Published at 01:02 GMT
Parkinson's Disease tips sent to GPs
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An initiative has been launched to improve the care of Parkinson's Disease patients by GPs.
The Parkinson's Disease Society has produced a guide for GPs, entitled Parkinson's Aware in Primary Care.
The guide was drawn up after consultation with GPs, nurses, carers and people with Parkinson's. It will be distributed to every GP in the UK.
The aim is to help improve the management of Parkinson's and provide a better quality of life for people living with the condition.
"Parkinson's Aware in Primary Care provides clear and practical advice on a whole range of issues involved with managing Parkinson's, not just drug therapy, and will help improve the quality of care available to people with Parkinson's."
Approximately 120,000 people in UK have Parkinson's, a chronic, disabling neurological condition.
The guide highlights the need for: