Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition which causes the brain to progressively decline in health and function over time. Experts are still not able to explain why some people develop Parkinson’s and some don’t but it is known that a characteristic of the disease is a build-up of an improperly folded protein in the brain.
From their first interaction with your practice, patients should have the tools available to handle their healthcare with ease. Whether it’s the ability to book appointments online, or use a self-check-in kiosk – patient engagement technology empowers people to remove tedious administration processes from their healthcare experience.
Although they've been adopted by other health services like the UK's NHS for nearly a decade, the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) has not yet been put into formal policy at a regional, jurisdictional or national level in Australian healthcare.
However, PROMs have much to recommend them, and they're starting to gain traction here as a new tactic for placing patients at the heart of healthcare.
But what are PROMs? Why are they important? And how should you go about collecting them?