- People with Parkinson’s are hospitalized 50% more than their non-PD peers 3
- 3 out of 4 people with Parkinson’s do not receive medications on time in the hospital1
- 61% of patients who did not get their medications on time had serious complications from it1
- People with Parkinson’s suffer avoidable complications at a higher rate than non-PD patients.3,4,5
- The average hospital stay for a person with Parkinson’s is longer than those of non-PD patients3,5
Why is this Happening?
- Lack of understanding of Parkinson’s disease – symptoms, treatment, etc. even in the very best hospitals in the U.S.
- Lack of awareness about the critical importance of Parkinson’s medication timing
- Lack of awareness that many common medications for pain, nausea, depression, and psychosis are unsafe for people with Parkinson’s
- Hospital pharmacies that do not stock the full array of Parkinson’s medications
- Lack of awareness that poorly-managed Parkinson’s might result in mental confusion and other serious symptoms
- KN Magdalinou, et al. Prescribing medications in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients during acute admissions to a District General Hospital. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. 2007 Dec;13(8):539-40.
- Chou, Kelvin L., et al. Best care practices in NPF Centers: Care of the hospitalized parkinson’s disease patient. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 2011.
- Aminoff MJ., et al. Management of the hospitalized patient with Parkinson’s disease: Current state of the field and need for guidelines. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 2010.
- Derry CP, et al. Medication Management in people with Parkinson’s disease during surgical admissions. Postgrad Med J., 2010. 86 (1016): 334-7.
- Guttman M, et al. Parkinsonism in Ontario: Comorbidity associated with hospitalization in a large cohort. Movement Disorders, 2004 19(1):49-53.