2nd Annual Allied Health Professional Summer School
2nd Annual Allied Health Professional Summer School: Physiotherapy for People with Parkinson’s
Torres Vedras (Lisbon), Portugal - September 25-27, 2014
The second European allied health professional movement disorder school, 2nd Annual Allied Health Professional Summer School: Physiotherapy for People with Parkinson’s, was held in Torres Vedras (Lisbon), Portugal on September 25-27, 2014.
This school was developed in 2013 to further increase Parkinson-specific expertise among physiotherapists throughout Europe, through interactions with experts in the field and each other.
The first day focused on topic presentations and discussion centered on Parkinson’s disease, the feasibility of various care options in your country, including how to ensure a continuum of care in a multidisciplinary and self-care perspective.
The second day focused on how to use and optimize Parkinson care by implementing the European PT guideline for decision support, assessment and management of Parkinson’s disease. It was centered on physical capacity in the context of patient examination, gait, transfers and balance.
Finally, the third day consisted of a small group patient practicum where participants were able to examine patients under the guidance of two movement disorders specialists.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants were able to accomplish the following:
Recognize the clinical presentation, management and progression of Parkinson’s disease
Distinguish the response patterns and management issues between Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonism
Define a full subjective and objective assessment for a person with Parkinson’s disease, using appropriate recommended measurement tools
Set SMART, core area related treatment goals, in joint collaboration with the patient
Design, review and modify a patient specific treatment plan
Support a person with Parkinson’s disease in movement-related self-management
To identify the opportunities available within the MDS that lead to new or further collaboration/involvement within MDS
Collaborate with referring physicians and other health professionals
Introduce physiotherapists and investigators to the fundamentals of effective clinical trial design. Identify key topics in methodology, study design, and results analyses
This course is intended for physiotherapists who already have some experience with the management of Parkinson’s disease and are interested in further education and (international) collaboration. It will be taught by an MDS-ES international faculty of senior movement disorder specialists.