Parkinson's networks in Germany,
Integration and innovation
A post by  Jurgen Zender


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Due to its complexity, Parkinson's disease represents a challenge that is being addressed in Germany through innovative approaches such as Parkinson's networks. Recently one was Umbrella company was founded, which takes on a coordinating role and positions Parkinson's as a model disease for the establishment of networks.

  • Background of Parkinson's networks

Parkinson's disease is characterized by motor and non-motor symptoms, requiring a specialized, multidisciplinary treatment approach. Parkinson's networks in Germany bring together various specialist areas and interest groups to ensure comprehensive care.

  • Structure and functioning of Parkinson's networks

These networks consist of neurologists, therapists, nurses, psychologists and other professionals. You improve the care of Parkinson's patients through interdisciplinary collaboration. Patient organizations and self-help groups are also an integral part.

  • Impact on patients and the healthcare system

The networks have a positive effect on Quality of life of patients by enabling individual treatment plans and increasing patient satisfaction. They also help reduce hospitalizations and reduce healthcare costs.

  • The role of the umbrella company

The umbrella company - Parkinson Networks Germany (PNG) - was initiated by a working group of the German Society for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders (DPG). Key players in the Parkinson’s landscape are represented in this “Networks and Digital Care” working group. The speakers of this working group form the PNG board. The launch of the PNG website is actually a relaunch, as the first version has been online since it was founded in spring/early summer. The PNG coordinates the activities of the many Parkinson's networks, promotes the exchange of knowledge and resources and ensures more efficient use of capacities.

Parkinson's as a model disease

The positioning of Parkinson's as a model disease for the establishment of networks is an important point of discussion. This concept is intended primarily to make the benefits of such networks clear to health insurance companies and is being intensively discussed in Berlin.

  • Challenges and perspectives

Despite the success, the Parkinson's Networks and umbrella company face challenges such as securing sustainable funding and improving access to networks in rural areas. The future lies in strengthening collaboration and using digital technologies.

  • Conclusion

The Parkinson's networks and umbrella organization in Germany represent a progressive approach to managing a complex disease. They make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of Parkinson's patients and relieve the burden on the healthcare system. By positioning Parkinson's as a model disease, these models could serve as a model for establishing networks in other health areas not only in Germany but also internationally serve.

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