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Telehealth increases access to palliative care for people with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders

Authors: Maya Katz

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The purpose of this review is to describe the role that telehealth has in the delivery of palliative care to people with Parkinson’s disease and related disorders (PDRDs), particularly as their disease advances, and they become homebound. A review of the Cochrane database, PubMed, and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guidelines was conducted to identify peer-reviewed publications on this topic. Telehealth has been found to increase access to neurological specialty care for people with PDRDs who live in more under-resourced areas or are homebound due to their advancing neurodegenerative disease. Given the benefits of palliative care for people with PDRDs and their caregivers, increasing access via telehealth to palliative care through research, education and policy efforts has the potential to significantly improve the landscape of care for those with PDRDs.

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