Caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease in general hospital settings
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Caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease in general hospital settings

Vicky Queen Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist, Torbay Hospital, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Torquay, England

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common progressive neurological condition. There are 127,000 people with the disease in the UK, that is, one in every 500 of the population. In 2014-15 there were 14,000 hospital admissions of people with PD in England. However, PD is often not the primary cause of admission. Urinary tract infections and pneumonia, for example, are frequent causes of hospital admission for people with PD. Therefore, nurses on general medical and surgical wards will often care for people with PD. This article aims to provide an update on PD and explore the nurse’s role in assessment and provision of safe and effective care for patients with PD in acute hospital settings.

Nursing Older People. 29, 5,30-37. doi: 10.7748/nop.2017.e861

Correspondence

vicky.queen@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 16 August 2016

Accepted: 24 April 2017