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Specialized Staff for the Care of People with Parkinson’s Disease in Germany: An Overview

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Department of Neurology, Jena University Hospital, 07740 Jena, Germany
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Center for Healthy Ageing, Jena University Hospital, 07740 Jena, Germany
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Praxis Neurologie, 48291 Telgte, Germany
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Neuroärzte Gerresheim-Pempelfort, 40625 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Department of Neurology, University of Muenster, 48149 Münster, Germany
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Department of Molecular Neurology, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Schwabachanlage 6, 91054 Erlangen Neurology, Ev. Amalie Sieveking Hospital, 22359 Hamburg, Germany
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AG Digital Health Pathways, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Am Wolfsmantel 33, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
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Münster Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Neurology, Ev. Amalie Sieveking Hospital, 22359 Hamburg, Germany
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Office for Neurology and Psychiatry Hamburg Walddörfer, 22359 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20246 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Neurology, Elblandklinikum Meißen, 01662 Meißen, Germany
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Professorship for Palliative Care, Paracelsus Medical University, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Department of Palliative Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 81377 Munich, Germany
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Department of Neurology, Klinikum Agatharied, 83734 Hausham, Germany
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Neurozentrum Sophienstrasse, 70178 Stuttgart, Germany
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Department of Neurology, University Hospital Marburg, 35037 Marburg, Germany
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Department of Nursing, University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(8), 2581; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082581
Received: 29 June 2020 / Revised: 3 August 2020 / Accepted: 7 August 2020 / Published: 10 August 2020
Access to specialized care is essential for people with Parkinson´s disease (PD). Given the growing number of people with PD and the lack of general practitioners and neurologists, particularly in rural areas in Germany, specialized PD staff (PDS), such as PD nurse specialists and Parkinson Assistants (PASS), will play an increasingly important role in the care of people with PD over the coming years. PDS have several tasks, such as having a role as an educator or adviser for other health professionals or an advocate for people with PD to represent and justify their needs. PD nurse specialists have been established for a long time in the Netherlands, England, the USA, and Scandinavia. In contrast, in Germany, distinct PDS models and projects have been established. However, these projects and models show substantial heterogeneity in terms of access requirements, education, theoretical and practical skills, principal workplace (inpatient vs. outpatient), and reimbursement. This review provides an overview of the existing forms and regional models for PDS in Germany. PDS reimbursement concepts must be established that will foster an implementation throughout Germany. Additionally, development of professional roles in nursing and more specialized care in Germany is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: networks; multimodal complex treatment; day clinic; advanced care planning networks; multimodal complex treatment; day clinic; advanced care planning
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Prell, T.; Siebecker, F.; Lorrain, M.; Tönges, L.; Warnecke, T.; Klucken, J.; Wellach, I.; Buhmann, C.; Wolz, M.; Lorenzl, S.; Herbst, H.; Eggers, C.; Mai, T. Specialized Staff for the Care of People with Parkinson’s Disease in Germany: An Overview. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 2581. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082581

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Prell T, Siebecker F, Lorrain M, Tönges L, Warnecke T, Klucken J, Wellach I, Buhmann C, Wolz M, Lorenzl S, Herbst H, Eggers C, Mai T. Specialized Staff for the Care of People with Parkinson’s Disease in Germany: An Overview. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9(8):2581. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082581

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Prell, Tino; Siebecker, Frank; Lorrain, Michael; Tönges, Lars; Warnecke, Tobias; Klucken, Jochen; Wellach, Ingmar; Buhmann, Carsten; Wolz, Martin; Lorenzl, Stefan; Herbst, Heinz; Eggers, Carsten; Mai, Tobias. 2020. "Specialized Staff for the Care of People with Parkinson’s Disease in Germany: An Overview" J. Clin. Med. 9, no. 8: 2581. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082581

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