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

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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.

What You Need to Know About Parkinson’s: Information for Health Care Staff at Long-term Care Facilities

Parkinson Canada created this 8-page booklet to help staff at long-term care facilities to understand and to meet the special needs of people with Parkinson’s. This resource provides a description of the disease, major mobility issues, the importance of scheduling medications, and offers tips for promoting socialization and improving communication.