13th International Congress
13th International Congress

News Release

Monday, June 8, 2009

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Laur, elaur@movementdisorders.org
+1 414-276-2145 (MDS Secretariat)
MDS 13th International Congress Press Room (June 7-11):
Le Palais des Congres de Paris,
Room 212/213, Level 2, Hall Maillot, TEL: +33 (0)1 40 68 63 74

More Patient-Accessible Information on Parkinson's Disease is Needed on the Internet

PARIS - A study evaluating the readability, quality and content of patient-accessible Parkinson's disease information on the internet was presented today at The Movement Disorder Society's 13th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders.

This study, led by Brandon R. Barton, MD, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, thoroughly investigates readily available Parkinson's disease information on the internet, as the need for online patient-accessible health information is increasing.

Overall, this study concludes that the current information available is too advanced, due to its detailed technical content. Therefore, online resources and Web sites for Parkinson's disease should be re-evaluated and revised for patient-use and education of the general public.

Hubert Fernandez, MD, of the University of Florida, and Co-Web Site Editor for The Movement Disorder Society, states "In the era of digital globalization, the internet is our main vehicle for dissemination of information, education and collaboration leading to advancement. Therefore studies such as these are of great importance. Studies that make us pause and take a critical look at the quality, user-friendliness and accuracy of information distributed through the internet are imperative. This medium should no longer fly below our radar screen. It is now as important, if not more, than print or TV media."

Meeting attendees are gathered to learn the latest research findings and state-of-the-art treatment options for Movement Disorders, including Parkinson's disease. More than 3,900 physicians and medical professionals from 90 countries will be able to view over 1,700 scientific abstracts submitted by clinicians from around the world.

The Movement Disorder Society, an international society of over 3,000 clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research.

For more information about The Movement Disorder Society, visit www.movementdisorders.org