PBL : Parkinson’s Disease

PBL : Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

  • Define Parkinson’s?
  • What impact may PD have on someones life? What activities may they find difficult?


Anatomy and Physiology
  • Explain the pathology of PD and what structures are involved in its occurence?
  • Describe the central and peripheral nervous system, including somatic and autonomic and there subsequent branches.
  • List the risk factors for PD.
  • What causes the presentation(ie signs and symptoms) of Parkinson’s?
  • What signs and symptoms can you expect to see in a patient with PD?
  • What are the stages of PD?
  • How is PD diagnosed?
  • What is the role of the GP/OT/Speech therapist/physiotherapist/counsellor/social worker and care giver for a person with PD?
  • What resources are available to direct patients with PD to?
  • Why may patients become more irritable and less sociable as PD progresses?
Physiotherapy Intevention
  • What would a physiotherapist assessment invlove?
  • What objetive measures can be used to assess people with PD?
Medical management
  • What drugs are used to treat patients with PD?
Evidence based practice
  • Which researchers are known for their work in PD?
  • What treatments are advocated by the NICE guidelines?
  • Name two recent research papers for one treatment modality in PD (ie cueing for freezing/ dexterity exercises) and list the conclusions and two limitations of the research paper.


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