For Health Care Professionals
Parkinson’s disease is complex and each person’s experience is unique, from age of onset to diagnosis and management of symptoms. The Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease will provide health care professionals with a detailed understanding of Parkinson’s. The Guidelines are intended for a broad range of health professionals including: family physicians, neurologists, nurses, movement disorders specialists, allied health professionals (e.g. occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech language pathologists) and other specialists.
The Physician Guide to Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease is designed to help family physicians recognize non-motor features described in Section 4 of the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease. These include depression, hallucinations, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbances, and autonomic dysfunction.
The Physician Guide has a companion booklet for patients called A Guide to the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Both guides include the internationally-validated PD NMS Questionnaire (PDF) so patients can record what they are experiencing and discuss the symptoms with their doctor.