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Measuring Doctors care for patients with Parkinson’s

India ranks low in the list of countries with Parkinson’s patients. One of the reasons behind this might be the fact that the disease goes undiagnosed in most of cases. According to a Senior Neurosurgeon in Delhi, doctors usually fail to observe the symptoms of the condition in almost 25% of the patients. 

The disease has a relatively higher incidence in the west and they are constantly coming up with better treatments. The latest one is a tool to assist doctors gauge how well they are caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease.  The new quality measures will be published in the November 30, 2010 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
 
According to the lead quality measures author Eric M. Cheng, MD, MS, with David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, quality measures have been developed for conditions seen by primary care doctors for years, but not for many specialty care conditions such as brain disorders. Measuring the quality of health care is a fundamental step toward improving health care, and many quality measurement efforts are underway. The American Academy of Neurology is taking a leading role in ensuring that the quality of care for people with neurologic disorders is included in these efforts.
 
The AAN is trying to develop similar measures for patients with epilepsy, stroke, dementia, neuropathy, headache and multiple sclerosis.

 

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