two handsMapping Parkinson's Disease needs and services in Ireland to inform service planning

Irish Parkinson’s disease (PD) services fall well below internationally recommended standards for staffing and resources. This research project maps the prevalence of PD and service availability for people with PD across each of the nine Community Healthcare Organisation regions in Ireland, to highlight mismatches between population needs and service provision. The project is developing quality indicators for Irish PD services and assessing existing services against these indicators to demonstrate where extra resources are needed to provide a quality service. It also explores the experience of people with PD with respect to services they receive and their priorities for service provision.


Health Research Board

Research Team

Prof. Suzanne Timmons (UCC) – (PI). Co-investigators: Dr Geraldine Foley (TCD); Dr Siobhan Fox (UCC); Prof Kathleen Bennett (RCSI); Dr Eilis O’Reilly (UCC); Prof. Orla Hardiman (TCD); Tony Wilkinson (PPI); Parkinson’s Ireland (PPI); Dr Diarmuid O’Shea (St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin); Prof. Tim Lynch (Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin Neurological Institute); and Mr Patrick Browne (UCC).