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G-I-N Conference 2012

Guidelines International Network

22.08 - 25.08.2012, Berlin

International collaboration in guideline development: physiotherapy in Parkinson’s

Meeting Abstract

  • S. Keus - Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • M. Munneke - Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • P. van der Wees - Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • A. Nieuwboer - Association for Physiotherapists in Parkinson’s Disease Europe
  • D. Jones - Association for Physiotherapists in Parkinson’s Disease Europe
  • M. Graziano - Association for Physiotherapists in Parkinson’s Disease Europe
  • L. Graham - European Parkinson’s Disease Association, London, UK
  • B. Bloem - Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Guidelines International Network. G-I-N Conference 2012. Berlin, 22.-25.08.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. DocP068

DOI: 10.3205/12gin180, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-12gin1808

Published: July 10, 2012

© 2012 Keus et al.
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Outline

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Background and objectives: Parkinson’s is a complex disorder, characterized by a wide array of motor and non-motor problems for which physiotherapy is often applied. The Parkinson’s guideline of the Royal Dutch society for Physical Therapy (1- KNGF; 2004) is unique in its field. Following a request from the Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson’s disease Europe (APPDE), the guideline is now updated and adapted into the a European guideline. Initiated by the KNGF, 19 member organisations of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT) are collaborating. The future guideline can be used in any country, but also be tailored to the country specific possibilities and constraints.

Methods: The guideline is developed according to international standards for guideline development (e.g. AGREE and GRADE). Barriers in delivering optimal care are identified though focus groups and a European survey (N=9,646). The barriers are transformed into key questions for which conclusions were drafted, based on systematic literature search. Other considerations to the conclusions (e.g. on availability) are collected, to finally create the recommendations. In addition, patient information and information on the adaptation procedure is developed. Patients are involved at all stages throughout the development process. A panel of the European Section of the MDS is involved in order to develop MDS-supported referral criteria.

Results: The guideline will be ready in August 2012.

Conclusions: Through unique collaboration among 19 national professional organisations, a first European physiotherapy guideline is being developed.


References

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Keus SH, Bloem BR, Hendriks EJ, Bredero-Cohen AB, Munneke M. Evidence-based analysis of physical therapy in Parkinson's disease with recommendations for practice and research. Mov Disord. 2007 Mar;22(4):451-60; quiz 600. DOI: 10.1002/mds.21244 External link