• Description

Key features Multidisciplinary networks of allied health professionals in the Netherlands use evidence-based practice guidelines for treating Parkinson's disease, facilitated by a web-based platform through which patients can provide feedback about their care.

Target population Adults with Parkinson's disease, an age-related neurodegenerative disorder for which no cure exists.

Why it's important Many patients with degenerative chronic diseases have difficulty accessing the range of specialty medical, nursing, and supportive services they need, and available personnel often lack expertise with particular conditions. Care practices vary, and care coordination can be challenging.

Benefits Lower rates of hip fractures and hospitalizations and better self-reported quality-of-life outcomes; greater knowledge of Parkinson's treatment among providers and higher job satisfaction; generally lower treatment costs where model has been implemented.

Challenges Provider payment often does not cover care coordination services. The model might work best with a global payment approach.

ParkinsonNet: An Innovative Dutch Approach to Patient-Centered Care for a Degenerative Disease