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Welcome to the Parkinson's Toolkit, developed by the National Parkinson Foundation!

Parkinson's disease< is the second most common neurodegenerative disease.  The management of Parkinson's disease can be complicated, including challenges at diagnosis<, in choosing the right medications<, and in managing patients through hospitalization<.  However, in many circumstances, excellent care can be provided in a primary care or non-specialist setting, and the key is a properly structured encounter<, periodically reviewing evolving best practices and recognizing when to refer< your patient to a therapist or specialist.


Melanoma occurs more frequently in patients with PD. Learn more about how to manage melanoma in Parkinson’s disease.

Patients with PD can suffer serious complications. Learn more about hospital encounters involving patients with PD.

Melanoma in PD
Hospitalization in PD
Planning the PD Encounter
During the Encounter

Addressing issues as they come up





Parkinson's Reference

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Handouts and Resources

About the toolkit: The Parkinson's Toolkit was constructed by the Parkinson's Toolkit Steering Committee<, a team including neurologists, primary care doctors, a nurse and a patient chaired by Janis Miyasaki, MD.  The team contributed countless hours to researching, writing, and reviewing the broad content of this site.

The National Parkinson Foundation is a not-for profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Parkinson’s care.  Founded in 1957, NPF is a leading national organization with an extensive grassroots network of Centers of Excellence, chapters and support groups in the United States, Canada and internationally. You can visit< for more information about our programs.