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Information for Health Professionals
Are you a health professional caring for people with Parkinson’s? Whether you are a physician, nurse, speech therapist, physical therapist, PDF is committed to providing you and your patients with the tools you need to understand the latest in Parkinson's research and care, treat it effectively and find the resources you need in your community. For instance, you can contact us at anytime for free patient education materials.
Read more about:
- PDF's National Helpline
- Ordering Free Patient Education Materials
- Professional Training/Continuing Education Credits
- Partnering with PDF Research Advocates
- Resources by Profession
PDF offers a toll-free helpline (800) 457-6676 that is open 9 AM – 5 PM ET Monday through Friday and an online Frequently Asked Questions to help people living with Parkinson's find answers. Both are staffed by PDF's team of information specialists.
These services are available to answer your and your patient's questions about Parkinson's and to point you both toward resources – such as print publications, online educational programs and support groups – that can provide assistance for families touched by Parkinson's.
As part of our mission to educate members of the Parkinson's community, PDF publishes and distributes, free of charge, a growing portfolio of educational materials. These include the popular booklets, Parkinson’s Q&A and Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease. Our newest publication, the Parkinson's Disease Resource List, Second Edition includes over 750 resources around the US.
Many health professionals regularly request these materials for patients, while others keep a "library" of materials for lending. If you are currently caring for people living with Parkinson's and would like to order educational materials for your practice, hospital or support group, we encourage you to order online using the links below. For bulk orders (those of 50 or more), please contact us at (800) 457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your patients are looking for additional resources, please check out PDF's listing of Online Seminars, which are available for free (live events are also available by phone).
PDF is pleased to offer continuing education to professionals to ensure access to the latest in PD research and care. PDF offers continuing education units (CEUs) to a variety professionals through its online PD ExpertBriefings, with help from the American Society on Aging. We also offer CEUs to nurses and physical therapists via specific courses developed by their colleagues.
As of September 2012, continuing education credits are available for health care professionals who participate in PDF's PD ExpertBriefings - free online seminars presented by leaders in the field - live or within 30 days of the live seminar. CEUs are managed through PDF's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging.
Below is the list of approved Boards. If your state or national board is not listed, please verify with your board or association regarding acceptance of one of the providers listed below before applying for CEUs. If you have a specific board you work with that’s not listed on the CEU application form, please check with them to see if they accept accreditation from one of the providers that is listed; for example the California Board of Registered Nursing covers most states, not just residents of California.
- American Occupation Therapy Association
- Association of Social Work Boards
- California Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors
- California Board of Registered Nursing
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences
- National Academy of Certified Care Managers
- National Board of Certified Counselors
- Society of Certified Senior Advisors
Please complete the online form (sent to you after registration) within 30 days of the live date of each PD web seminar. You can attend the live seminar or take advantage of the recorded seminar to claim your free CEU credit. There is a maximum of one Board selection per person per event. CEUs must be claimed within 30 days of the date of the live event, and the recordings are available for 30 days after each live web seminar. Your CEU credit will be emailed within 30 days of survey submission.
PDF invites nurses to join more than 9,500 others in taking its online course, Parkinson’s Disease Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses. Designed by nurses for nurses, the online course provides the latest in current treatment and care strategies. It is free for all participants and will be available online for one full year. Participants can watch each of the four modules (and take the respective tests necessary for credit) separately throughout the year or all at one time.
The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by The American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
The AANN will offer a maximum of 7.5 credits for participants of this symposium. Attendees should only claim credits commensurate with the extent of their participation.
The online course is made possible through a collaborative effort of PDF, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA).
PDF invites physical therapists to join us for Parkinson’s Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation and Treatment for the Physical Therapist, an online course designed by expert physical therapists in the field of Parkinson’s disease to help other physical therapists better understand how to evaluate, treat, and deliver comprehensive care to people living with Parkinson’s.
This course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge on how to effectively evaluate and treat individuals with Parkinson's. 0.8 CEUs are available. Participants can view each of the four modules (and take the respective tests necessary for credit) separately over the course of a year.
For more information or to order promotional postcards for your office or hospital, please contact us at (800) 457-6676 or email@example.com.
The course is presented by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in collaboration with American Parkinson Disease Association, American Physical Therapy Association and Visiting Nurse Service of New York. This course is made possible with the support of Kenneth M. and Susan Granat Weil in honor of John and Joan Haine, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and the American Physical Therapy Association and with in-kind support from Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center.
If you are a professional working in Parkinson's research, consider pairing up with PDF’s network of Research Advocates. PDF's Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) program now boasts more than 100 advocates around the country who are trained in Parkinson's science and the clinical research process.
They are available to assist in the design and implementation of Parkinson's research and programs by:
- speaking at educational conferences and support groups on the importance of clinical research and study participation;
- serving on scientific review committees and clinical research advisory boards; and
- reviewing and commenting on clinical research study design and protocol, the informed consent process and enrollment strategies.
Here are some print resources developed with you and your patients in mind - often by a health professional in your field. Please contact us to suggest other resources or to give us feedback. For a listing of the fact sheets mentioned below, plus others, visit www.pdf.org/en/factsheets.
- Visit the online version of PDF's Parkinson's Disease Resource List to find resources in your topic area. See www.pdf.org/en/resourcelist to search by topic.
- Download The Science and Practice of "Speaking LOUD"
- Search the Parkinson's Disease Resource List Online (ST)
- Take Online Course for Physical Therapists
- Download The Importance of Physical Therapy and Exercise for People with PD
- Search the Parkinson's Disease Resource List Online (PT)
- Search the Parkinson's Disease Resource List Online (Exercise)
Clinical Trial Coordinators
- Visit www.PDtrials.org and contact us to have your clinical trial listed on the site
- Order patient education materials from PDtrials
- Work with a PDF Research Advocate
- Download Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?
- Search the Parkinson's Disease Resource List Online (Nutrition)