Parkinson’s is a complex condition and effective treatment will require input from a range of healthcare professionals with specific expertise in Parkinson’s. This group of specially-trained professionals is know as a 'multidisciplinary team (MDT)'. They are there to support your physical and emotional needs, as required.
You, your partner, your carer and your family are key members of this team and you may therefore want to take an active role in decisions regarding your treatment and care.
To maximise quality of life and independence it is important that your multidisciplinary care team provide the right treatment, at the right time, from the moment you are diagnosed.
- Creating your healthcare team
- Appointments with your healthcare team.
Important! Professionals working within European state health systems, such as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), will be properly trained and registered with their country’s regulatory body for their profession. In most countries, you can also see them privately at your own expense. If you choose this option, it is important to make sure they are properly qualified. Your national Parkinson’s association may be able to advise further on accessing professionals where you live.