18 min

Episode Four: Parkinson’s assessment tools The Parkinson's Life Podcast

    • Health & Fitness

How can you speak the same language as your healthcare professional?

We bring together Josefa Domingos, a physiotherapist who specialises in Parkinson’s and is based in Lisbon, and her patient of three years, Idelta Oliveira, who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 60.

In an informative and heart-warming conversation, they shed light on:

• their strong working relationship, built on trust and good communication
• how that communication has been helped by a new free rating scale – the Parkinson’s Disease Composite Scale – which offers healthcare professionals an overview of all Parkinson’s symptoms, helping them find the best treatments for their patients
• how since using the scale during her appointments with Josefa, Idelta has gone from being unable to “talk about issues like anxiety and depression” to discussing all of her symptoms openly and confidently

Aimed at health professionals and currently being rolled out across Europe, the Parkinson’s Disease Composite Scale (PDCS) offers a comprehensive overview of motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms and therapy complications. Find out more about the PDCS here: https://www.epda.eu.com/get-involved/the-parkinsons-disease-composite-scale/

The Parkinson’s Life podcast is brought to you by Parkinson’s Life (https://parkinsonslife.eu/), the online lifestyle magazine for the global Parkinson’s community, and sponsored by the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) (https://www.epda.eu.com/), the leading voice for Parkinson’s in Europe.

If you like what you’ve heard, please do take the time to rate and review – it helps make sure others can find us! And if you’d like to get in touch, email us at editor@parkinsonslife.eu or catch up with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonslife/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/parkinsons_life)

How can you speak the same language as your healthcare professional?

We bring together Josefa Domingos, a physiotherapist who specialises in Parkinson’s and is based in Lisbon, and her patient of three years, Idelta Oliveira, who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 60.

In an informative and heart-warming conversation, they shed light on:

• their strong working relationship, built on trust and good communication
• how that communication has been helped by a new free rating scale – the Parkinson’s Disease Composite Scale – which offers healthcare professionals an overview of all Parkinson’s symptoms, helping them find the best treatments for their patients
• how since using the scale during her appointments with Josefa, Idelta has gone from being unable to “talk about issues like anxiety and depression” to discussing all of her symptoms openly and confidently

Aimed at health professionals and currently being rolled out across Europe, the Parkinson’s Disease Composite Scale (PDCS) offers a comprehensive overview of motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms and therapy complications. Find out more about the PDCS here: https://www.epda.eu.com/get-involved/the-parkinsons-disease-composite-scale/

The Parkinson’s Life podcast is brought to you by Parkinson’s Life (https://parkinsonslife.eu/), the online lifestyle magazine for the global Parkinson’s community, and sponsored by the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) (https://www.epda.eu.com/), the leading voice for Parkinson’s in Europe.

If you like what you’ve heard, please do take the time to rate and review – it helps make sure others can find us! And if you’d like to get in touch, email us at editor@parkinsonslife.eu or catch up with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonslife/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/parkinsons_life)

18 min

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