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


Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives

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
Recommended Audience

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.

Associate Membership

Attendees at this course will qualify to apply for a complimentary 1-year MDS membership that includes:

  • Access to the “members only” website resources and online journals
  • Reduced registration rate for future courses and International Congress
  • Quarterly Newsletter, Moving Along
  • Access to online MDS Membership Directory

Following the course all those who qualify for this offer will be emailed a link to apply for associate membership.  Once approved, benefits will begin immediately.

Learn More

For more information, contact:

MDS Education


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