What is it about?

"Parkinson Nurses" are specially trained nurses who are considered experts in Parkinson care. There are numerous publications describing the role of the Parkinson Nurse - some even from 1999 and earlier. Due to the large number of these publications, however, it is difficult to understand exactly what these experts do. Through a systematic review of literature on the subject, we have created an overview of the tasks Parkinson Nurses take on in the care of people with Parkinson's disease. The results show: the role of the "Parkinson Nurse" is diverse! The tasks of this profession range from the coordination of care processes to communication and complication management. They are often a link between patients and practitioners and coordinate complex processes.

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Why is it important?

The field of activity of Parkinson Nurses has so far been described very differently - a systematic overview and the summary of tasks helps to better understand what Parkinson Nurses do and what contribution they make to the health care of people with Parkinson´s disease.

Perspectives

In many healthcare systems around the world, the role of the Parkinson Nurses has not yet existed, although as experts they could make an important contribution to improving care. A possible reason for this could be that it has not yet been clearly defined what the tasks of Parkinson Nurses actually are. This review provides an initial overview of the diverse tasks.

Marlena van Munster
Philipps-Universitat Marburg

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This page is a summary of: The Role of Parkinson Nurses for Personalizing Care in Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Journal of Parkinson s Disease, September 2022, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/jpd-223215.
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