The American Academy of Neurology has published a new tool to help clinicians gauge how well they are caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Five of the measures feature assessing common Parkinson’s symptoms, but only one of those symptoms was movement-related. The set of ten quality measures was published in the November 30, 2010, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Quality care includes annual assessment of: psychiatric disturbances, cognitive impairment, autonomic dysfunction, sleep disturbances and falls. Annual assessment of the Parkinson’s diagnosis, including a review of medications and the presence of any symptoms not typical to Parkinson’s is also an indicator of quality care. Other measures of quality include an annual review of rehabilitative therapy options, counseling on safety issues, inquiry into medication-related motor complications, and a review of medical and surgical treatment options.