Podcast Episode 31: Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP®)

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The Parkinson's Foundation is committed to working with health care professionals to improve the way care is delivered to families affected by Parkinson's disease. One way is through the Foundation’s signature program, Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP), developed to increase knowledge of PD and build capacity for comprehensive interprofessional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, speech language pathologists, physical, occupational and music therapists learn the best techniques in PD care through a team-based approach in this intensive three to four-day program. The goal is to give attendees the knowledge and tools to deliver interprofessional, patient-centered care at the right time throughout the continuum of the disease.

Ruth Hagestuen, founder of the ATTP program, has worked in the Parkinson’s community for many years as a movement disorders nurse and was instrumental in ATTP from the beginning. In this podcast, she describes how the program came about, its goals, what it involves, and how it has spread team training in expert care around the country and around the world.

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About This Episode

Released: June 19, 2018

Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA

Ruth Hagestuen, RN, MA founded the ATTP program in 2002 and will serve out her role as Director of the program through 2018 at which point in time a new team will be announced to fill the big shoes she is leaving behind.  Ruth also works with the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis, MN in development of the Struthers Parkinson’s Care Network. Her work with Parkinson's disease began in 1987 with the Methodist Hospital Parkinson's Center’s Interdisciplinary Clinic and regional center as nurse coordinator and program director. In 2000, she joined NPF as Vice President and Program Director where she worked with affiliates nationally and internationally in development of strategies to better meet needs of the Parkinson's community through research, education, care, and outreach.

From 2009-2011 she served as Director of the NYU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center in development of their interdisciplinary team and collaborative relationships designed to build informed, accessible care and wellness programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. She is active in the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society (MDS) and currently serves on the Pan-American Section Education Committee of the MDS.

Ruth’s passion continues to be building capacity for to provide accessible, informed, inter- professional care, support and educational programs for people with Parkinson’s and their families.


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