Novel Outreach Program and Practical Strategies for Patients with Parkinsonism in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brianna Sennott, Katheryn Woo, Serena Hess, Daniela Mitchem, Ellen C. Klostermann, Erica Myrick, Rodolfo Savica, Jori E. Fleisher

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has upended daily life and neurologic care for most patients, including those with Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism. Disruptions to routine care, high volumes of patient and caregiver calls, and our patients' risk of infection and complications inspired a proactive COVID-19 outreach program. This program targets patients with advanced Parkinson's disease and related disorders, specifically those who are homebound, receiving or eligible for palliative care, and/or lacking support networks. We describe the program and practical strategies providers can implement to support wellbeing and successful telehealth uptake during this time of social isolation and gradual reopening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Parkinson's disease
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • outreach
  • Parkinson's disease
  • patient education
  • telemedicine
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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