Interdisciplinary Teamwork for the Treatment of People with Parkinson’s Disease and Their Families

Nir Giladi*, Yael Manor, Ariela Hilel, Tanya Gurevich

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative and multidimensional disease that involves a range of disabling motor and nonmotor symptoms. These symptoms can have a major impact on the quality of life of PD patients. The focus of this article is to stress the importance of the interdisciplinary team intervention approach in the treatment of patients with PD. The team approach uses experts in PD from different health care professions, including a neurologist, a nurse, a speech and language therapist, a physiotherapist, a social worker, a psychiatrist, an occupational therapist, a sexologist, and a dietician. The major aim of the team and of teamwork is to provide professional care in all motor and nonmotor aspects of PD throughout the course of the disease. There are different models of multidisciplinary teams: inpatient facility, community rehabilitation facility, and synchronized multiprofessional treatment in the community. The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center model of interdisciplinary care was designed to create a coordinated multidisciplinary team in the Movement Disorders Unit. The role of each team member and their professional objective are described. Their collaboration is by design a promotion of a team goal for maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of PD patients and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Article number493
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014


FundersFunder number
National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
National Parkinson Foundation
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Israel Science Foundation
Seventh Framework Programme


    • Group therapy program
    • Interdisciplinary teamwork
    • Multidisciplinary care
    • Multiprofessional treatment
    • Parkinson’s disease


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