Navigation Links
Parkinson's Patients May Fare Better in Neurologist's Care
Date:8/11/2011

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease patients who receive care from a neurologist live longer and are less likely to break a hip or need nursing-home placement than those treated by a primary care doctor, according to a new study.

American researchers looked at the medical records of all 138,000 Medicare patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2002. Between that time and 2005, 68 percent of the patients were seen by a neurologist.

Over six years, the patients seen by a neurologist were 20 percent less likely to die, 20 percent less likely to be placed in a nursing home, and 14 percent less likely to suffer a broken hip than patients seen by a primary care doctor.

The researchers also found that women were 22 percent less likely than men to see a neurologist and that minorities were 17 percent less likely than whites to see a neurologist.

The study is published online Aug. 10 in the journal Neurology.

"We need to understand how care may affect people's health care outcomes to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's and also to minimize any avoidable health care costs," study author Dr. Allison Wright Willis, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a journal news release.

Previous research found that the direct one-year per-person cost of a hip fracture is as much as $26,000.

"Of course, the benefit to people with Parkinson's disease and their families of avoiding a hip fracture or delaying the need for nursing home placement is immeasurable," Wright Willis said.

As to the difference in type of care, it could be that complicated cases of Parkinson's occur more often among certain groups, Willis speculated. Also, perhaps women don't ask for specialist care as often as men, she added.

The researchers did not take into account disease severity, which may be a limitation of the study, an accompanying editorial noted.

More information

We Move has more about Parkinson's disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Neurology, news release, Aug. 10, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Music reduces anxiety in cancer patients
2. Psychiatrists failing to adequately monitor patients for metabolic side-effects of prescribed drugs
3. Elderly Lung Cancer Patients Can Gain From Two-Drug Chemo: Study
4. Many Heart Patients Anemic After Too Many Blood Tests in Hospital
5. Carpal tunnel syndrome patients prefer to share decision-making with their physicians
6. Distance caregivers for advanced cancer patients have special needs, CWRU study finds
7. Improved radical surgery techniques provide positive outcomes for bladder cancer patients
8. High-risk stroke patients more likely to get follow-up care after motivational talk
9. Study: Inexpensive method detects ALK rearrangement in lung cancer patients
10. Statins May Help Heart in Some Young Stroke Patients
11. Spiritual retreat can lower depression, raise hope in heart patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parkinson's Patients May Fare Better in Neurologist's Care 
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... its innovative EcoQube Frame vertical micro-veggies garden on Kickstarter . Surpassing the ... product – with nearly 2,000 consumers (and counting) already backing the campaign. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... County, NY (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Somers and White Plains, N.Y., is pleased to announce Westchester resident Lauren C. Enea ... a law clerk for the firm, will concentrate her practice in elder law, Medicaid ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... first Certified Medical Reiki™ Master in Frederick, MD. Judy says, “I am passionate ... during what is often a very difficult and challenging time.” , A Certified ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “The Communion of ... people of God in congregations across the United States. “The Communion of ... in 1964 who has served congregations in seven states throughout his long career ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The physicians of KSF Orthopaedic Center PA ... Area. The new location is located at 2255 E. Mossy Oaks Rd., Suite 440, ... newest location will provide patients living in the north Houston area (The Woodlands, Conroe, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , Mar. 24, 2017 Research ... Management in the U.S.: Consumer Strategies" report to their ... ... how adults approach and treat their physical pain, emphasizing consumer ... distinct groups: pain sufferers and adults who have selected illnesses/conditions ...
(Date:3/24/2017)...   The Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs ... the pharmaceutical industry has appointed Dr. Jane ... formed scientific advisory board. Dr. Chin will be ... ever medical affairs think tank within the pharmaceutical ... ACMA, please visit  www.medicalaffairsspecialist.org .  Connect with ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary  ... According to new data published Arcview ... legal cannabis market is projected to continue to grow at ... the current presidential administration. The report created by Arcview,s data ... growth in this industry are the passage and subsequent implementation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: