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The ParkinsonNet trial: Design and baseline characteristics

Authors

  • Samyra H. J. Keus PT, MSc,

    1. Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Physical Therapy, Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), Leiden, The Netherlands
    3. Department of Neurology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands
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  • Maarten J. Nijkrake PT, MSc,

    1. Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Occupations, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    3. Research Centre of Allied Health Sciences, Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • George F. Borm PhD,

    1. Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and HTA, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • Gert Kwakkel PT, PhD,

    1. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Center (VUmc), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Raymund A. C. Roos MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Neurology, LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands
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  • Henk W. Berendse MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Neurology, VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Eddy M. Adang PhD,

    1. Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and HTA, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • Sebastiaan Overeem MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • Bastiaan R. Bloem MD, PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    • Department of Neurology (935), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, PO Box 9101, Nijmegen 6500 HB, The Netherlands
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  • Marten Munneke PT, PhD,

    1. Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Occupations, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    3. Research Centre of Allied Health Sciences, Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, RUNMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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  • on behalf of the ParkinsonNet Trial Study Group


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Abstract

The companion paper describes how implementation of professional networks (ParkinsonNet) may improve the quality and efficiency of allied health care in Parkinson's disease (PD). We designed a cluster-randomized controlled trial to evaluate this ParkinsonNet concept for one allied health discipline, namely physical therapy. Here we describe the study design and baseline characteristics. The design fully complies with the CONSORT criteria. Sixteen regions in the Netherlands were randomly divided into eight experimental regions where a ParkinsonNet was implemented, and eight control regions where the organization of care was left unchanged (usual care). Participating patients were followed for 6 months to evaluate the implementation process, health benefits and costs of the intervention. In the ParkinsonNet regions, 46 therapists were trained and 358 patients were included. In the usual care regions, 341 patients were included. Baseline characteristics of participants in the ParkinsonNet and control clusters were comparable. With 699 participating patients, this is the largest allied health study in PD to date. © 2010 Movement Disorder Society

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