The Guidelines provide health care professionals with practical, clinical advice for the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s, based on the best published evidence and on expert consensus. The 84 recommendations are designed primarily for family physicians, neurologists, and other health care professionals.

The Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease will be published July 2012 in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences and are available online today. The Guidelines have been endorsed by the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation and Parkinson Society Canada.

“Most Canadians with Parkinson’s do not attend specialized Parkinson’s or movement disorders clinics,” says Dr. David Grimes, Director of the Ottawa Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic and editor of the guidelines. “A tool was needed so that all health care providers who treat people with Parkinson’s in Canada have a clear idea on how best to help individuals manage their disease. The guidelines are meant to improve the standard of care and access to care for people with Parkinson’s in all regions of Canada.”

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July 4, 2012