Women and Parkinson's Research and Care Agenda

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects approximately one million men and women in the United States, and more than 10 million people worldwide. Women have been shown to have a lower risk of developing PD, and research suggests that there are differences in the way that men and women experience Parkinson’s. Studies indicate that women diagnosed with PD report different symptoms, more often report side effects and changes in their symptoms throughout the day and receive lower-quality healthcare than men. This publication aims to highlight the historically unmet research and care needs of women with Parkinson’s disease, and elicit action in addressing these needs in future research and care.

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