Implementation Of Multi-Disciplinary Care Clinic

Fernando L. Pagan MD
Georgetown University Hospital Movement Disorders Center
FY 2007

Currently at Georgetown University Hospital Movement Disorders Clinic we refer out to local speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and social workers. Although we often use our own rehabilitation department, it requires additional visits to the hospital and multiple appointments, which is often hard on our patients and care givers. We would like to improve access to the multiple disciplines here at GUH. We propose to integrate our patients visit to a Neurologist with evaluations by therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and social workers. When patients are evaluated we will identify the patients that require evaluations by multiple disciplines and bring them back to our Multi-Disciplinary Clinic. We will hold the Multi-Disciplinary Clinic weekly with plans for expansion as we develop plans to be self supported. The clinic will be opened for all patients with Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s related disorders. The grant would be used to support the ability to have a neurologist, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, social worker during our weekly multi-disciplinary clinic. Multi-disciplinary conferences will occur with the clinics to ensure all the needs of the patient and caregiver have been met. Addendum: We purpose that patients seen in our NPF COE will have a better quality of Life and improved UPDRS scales after the initial evaluation through our Interdisciplinary approach.

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