For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2012
(LONDON, Ontario) – A London Health Sciences Centre doctor has contributed towards creating a consistent standard for diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s Disease in Canada.
Dr. Mandar Jog, Director, National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), coauthored the first Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease with other leading Canadian movement disorder specialists and neurologists.
"Guidelines exist in the United States of America, Britain and throughout Europe, but we have tailored the approach for diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s Disease for the Canadian population,” says Dr. Jog.
The Canadian Guidelines include 84 recommendations for motor and non-motor symptoms and management. Dr. Jog’s contribution examines the areas of weight loss, swallowing difficulties, bowel and urinary function, and their treatments.
Because Parkinson’s Disease has no cure, management of the disease is essential and should be tailored to the specific issues facing every patient. “The goal is to create a consistent approach to manage the disease for Canadian patients with a focus on the way they function in daily life,” continues Dr. Jog.
The Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease were published in the July issue of the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. The Guidelines have been endorsed by the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation and Parkinson Society Canada.
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 137 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
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