The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) project is a province-wide, regionally implemented, evidence-informed change strategy that utilizes quality improvement principles and knowledge translation best practices as critical enablers. This paper describes the project and key lessons learned in the implementation of this initiative that can be applied to other jurisdictions wishing to enable large-scale system redesign and sustainable system change.

Dementia is not a specific disease. Many diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia (due to strokes), Lewy Body disease, head trauma, fronto-temporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. These conditions can have similar and overlapping symptoms. 

This information sheet gives an overview of Parkinson’s disease, the symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors and treatment options.

This 4 page reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources including:

  • fall prevention
  • collaborative teamwork approaches
  • care provider roles
  • interprofessional program development considerations
  • condition specific resources
  • resources for patients
  • a report about the experience informal caregivers in Ontario

 

The authors suggest that the PD-WEBB program has the potential to be implemented at a reasonable and sustainable cost within existing community services.  Through reducing falls for those with Parkinson’s disease will reduce the personal and financial costs to them, their families, health care system and community.

The authors of this study found that some of the major risk factors of falls in this population are potentially modifiable and argue for thorough assessments post falls to reduce the risks of future falls.

The authors review the evidence supporting the efficacy of multi-disciplinary care for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.