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Best Care for People with Late-Stage Parkinson’s Disease - Part One

Discover the best care practices for people with Parkinson’s disease as you develop your skills in the field of palliative care.

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Best Care for People with Late-Stage Parkinson’s Disease - Part One

372 enrolled on this course

  • 6 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Learn expert care advice from the University of Padova

Parkinson’s is a complex disease with wide-ranging impacts on both patient and caregiver. This six-week course from the University of Padova and the PD_Pal Project (H2020, GA825785) Consortium will help you navigate this complexity to provide better care for patients, their family, and the professionals involved in the care path.

In the context of movement disorders and palliative care education, you’ll develop your understanding of the disease and your skills in managing the complexity of Parkinson’s disease.

What’s more, you’ll gain practical coping skills to help you with the difficulties of providing care and preventing burnout.

Discover palliative care principles

The early and timely integration of palliative care has been shown to help deal with the impacts of Parkinson’s disease.

You’ll be provided with training on how to administer palliative care to enhance your practices.

Understand different practices for Parkinson’s disease treatment

To help you understand how Parkinson’s disease can be managed, you’ll explore different treatments and interdisciplinary approaches.

You’ll discover treatment options such as palliative care, surgery, and complementary therapies for both early Parkinson’s disease as well as the advanced phase of the disease.

Identify Parkinson’s disease symptoms and indicators of different disease stages

Next, you’ll learn how to improve the quality of life for your patients as you discover how Parkinson’s disease symptoms affect daily activities.

Finally, you’ll learn practical tips to help reduce the burden and stress for those in the caregiving role – either in a professional or personal capacity.

Once you have completed this course, move on to ‘Part Two of Best Care for People with Late-Stage Parkinson’s Disease’ to further your knowledge.

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  • Week 1

    Parkinson’s Disease

    • Introduction to the course

      Course topics, objectives, and educators.

    • Understanding Parkinson’s Disease


    • Diagnosis and symptoms of Parkinson’s


    • Wrapping up the week


  • Week 2

    Palliative care Principles and concepts

    • Palliative Care: Historical background

      In this section history of Palliative care will be discussed.

    • Palliative Care principles

      This section addresses Palliative Care principles and policy.

    • Loss, grief and bereavement in Health Care Professionals

      This section will be dedicated to bereavement and loss, also analysing how these experiences affect Health Care Professionals.

    • Self-Care strategies for Health Care Professionals

      This section addresses what self-care means, and why it is important for Health Care Workers.

    • Wrapping up the week

      This section is intended to synthesise and summarise the 2nd week’s concepts, with a verification point for understanding.

  • Week 3

    Parkinson’s Disease and it’s Management

    • Treatment options for early Parkinson’s Disease

      In this section pharmacological treatment in early Parkinson’s Disease and progression to advanced phase will be discussed.

    • Advanced Parkinson’s Disease: management and options

      This section addresses therapies and surgeries related to the advanced phase of Parkinson’s Disease, also underlining the importance of multidisciplinary teams.

    • Wrapping up the week

      This section is intended to synthesise and summarise the 3rd week’s concepts, with a verification point for understanding.

  • Week 4

    Interdisciplinary Approaches for the Management of Parkinson’s Disease

    • Interdisciplinary approaches for Parkinson’s Disease management

      In this section multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to manage Parkinson’s Disease will be discussed.

    • Hand-on clinical cases

      Two clinical cases will be described in this section.

    • Wrapping up the week

      This section is intended to synthesise and summarise the 4th week’s concepts, with a verification point for understanding.

  • Week 5

    Getting on with life (Living with Parkinson’s Disease)

    • Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease and their management

      This section will focus on non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease.

    • Dealing with the impact of Parkinson’s Disease

      This section’s topic will be on Parkinson’s Disease related burden and on how to support family caregivers.

    • Wrapping up the week

      This section is intended to synthesise and summarise the 4th week’s concepts, with a verification point for understanding.

  • Week 6

    Providing Care for Caregivers

    • Caregivers: issues, rights and caring skills

      This section will focus on the caregiver figure, particularly on the issues related to caregiving and the right of caregivers. Also caring skills required will be described.

    • Care for caregivers

      This section’s topic will be on caregivers’ burden and on the importance of reducing it.

    • Wrapping up the week

      This section is intended to synthesise and summarise the 6th week’s concepts, with a verification point for understanding.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the palliative care approach and its application in Parkinson’s disease
  • Evaluate patients and caregivers’ needs and provide useful management strategies
  • Evaluate and analyze interdisciplinary approaches for Parkinson’s disease management
  • Investigate advance care decisions in late stage PD and provide support to end-of-life decision-making process

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers involved in the management of Parkinson’s disease. Also for students interested in Palliative care and Parkinson’s and Health care professors.

It addresses the educational and training needs of both patients and caregivers.

Who will you learn with?

Clinical psychologist, with a PsyD in family and systemic-relational psychotherapy, and clinical research expert in the field of health innovation, with an accent on Parkinson’s and movement disorders

Prof. Piret Paal is the director of the Palliative Care Institute at the Paracelsus Medical University, Austria. Her research is focused on palliative care education, spiritual care, and global health

Psychologist, PhD student in Neuroscience at the University of Padova.
Her research focuses on cognition and care models in Movement Disorders, especially Parkinson's Disease.

Neurologist and Assistance Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine, University of Ioannina.
Research interests focused on the structure and function of neuronal circuits and brain disorders.

I am a clinical researcher conducting research to tackle the most challenging aspects of Parkinson's disease, with the aim of improving function and quality of life for people affected by the disease.

Senior physician for palliative care and for research and development in neurology at Agatharied Hospital (Germany). Research associate at PMU Salzburg (Institute for Palliative Care)

Angelo Antonini is full Professor of Neurology and Head of the Parkinson and Movement Disorders Unit and of the Centre for Rare Neurological Diseases (ERN-RND) at the University Hospital in Padua

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology in Faculty of Medicine
University of Ioannina, Greece.
His research focuses on Movement Disorders, especially Parkinson's disease.

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

EU (Horizon 2020 Project)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


PD_PAL ambition is to validate a new model of palliative care which would be easily integrated with traditional management when disability limits mobility and independence.

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