Palliative Care in Parkinson’s Disease

Closing Meeting of PD_Pal PROJECT, Grant Agreement No 825785

When: Nov 25 and 26, 2022

Where: Palazzo della Salute, Via San Francesco 90, Padova

Abstract: There is a growing awareness of the potential benefit of palliative care interventions in Parkinson’s disease, given its incurable nature and current treatment strategies, which are primarily symptomatic. The high burden of non-motor symptoms that are difficult to manage, the high distress of caregivers, and the high utilization of medical services especially in the last years of life have become evident. Similar to cancer patients, albeit for a longer duration, PD patients have significant (and mounting) unmet physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs and encounter great problems in care coordination and continuity of care. However, knowledge about palliative care components and multidisciplinary approaches in PD is limited. The event aims to provide participants with a clear understanding and in-depth view of the concept of palliative care, presenting new approaches and perspectives in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, with focus on multi-disciplinarity and the role of advance care planning.