At the beginning of December, ParkinsonNet Luxembourg organised its first multidisciplinary training: a meeting bringing together healthcare professionals from around the country.
Neurologists, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists came together in a training that focused on tackling Parkinson’s disease from different angles.
ParkinsonNet Luxembourg, established in 2017, aims to provide the best possible and integrated care to people with Parkinson’s disease. Hence, a key element of its activities is to train health care professionals about the specificities of the disease and its treatment, and how to work in a multidisciplinary team.
The recent training consisted of monodisciplinary sessions focused on each group of professionals and their discipline’s best practices in treating Parkinson’s patients. “In our training we use a mixed teaching approach. Working with case studies and discussing recent scientific discoveries as well as the expectations of patients from their healthcare professionals, helps our trainees to get a good overview of the status quo and on how to apply this in their daily practice,“ explains Dr Joëlle Fritz, project manager of ParkinsonNet Luxembourg.
In addition, ParkinsonNet Luxembourg aims to promote the interaction between the different health care professions and to put the patient in the centre of care. This aspect was particularly considered in the interactive multidisciplinary session that brought together all the participants. Participants were introduced to a dummy patient scenario, a real-life inspired scenario of a person with Parkinson’s disease. “We wanted to show how working in a multidisciplinary team could look like in practice,” explains ParkinsonNet Luxembourg’s second project manager Dr Anne Kaysen: “It is key to understand the person’s situation, identify the main issues in her daily life and decide together how they should be tackled.” This session was an example of how ParkinsonNet Luxembourg works as an integrated care network; how healthcare professionals from different areas can work better together in improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.