Why is telemedicine important for people with Parkinson's?

A recent study found that while seeing a neurologist increases quality of life, 42% of people with Parkinson’s are not seeing a neurologist for their care.1 The study also found that seeing a neurologist leads to better clinical outcomes and may lead to a longer life for people living with Parkinson’s.

Telemedicine has the potential to be an extremely useful tool in providing greater access to specialists, such as neurologists or movement disorder specialists, for people with Parkinson’s. Studies have shown that telemedicine can reduce hospitalization and keep people living safely and independently for longer, which are major concerns for the Parkinson’s community.2


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1 Willis, AW, et al. "Neurologist care in Parkinson disease: A utilization, outcomes, and survival study." Neurology. 77.9 (2011): 851-7.
2 Darkins, M.D., Adam, et al. "Care Coordination/Home Telehealth: The Systematic Implementation of Health Informatics, Home Telehealth, and Disease Management to Support the Care of Veteran Patients with Chronic Conditions." Telemedicine and e-Health. 14.10 (2008): 1118-26