Parkinson's disease awareness is being heightened by new software aimed at teaching more about the condition to GPs around the world, a charity has revealed.
The Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) found in 2008 that 50 per cent of respondents to a survey felt there was a lack of understanding of the condition, with GPs and other medical professionals needing more training in spotting and treating the ailment.
BMJ Learning teamed up with the charity to produce an online training facility to allow doctors from all around the world - as far as New Zealand - to increase their knowledge on the subject.
Course participant from Derby City Primary Care Trust Alveena Igbal said: "As our elderly population increases so does the challenge to deal with chronic disabling conditions like parkinsonism. In this context I have found the BMJ Learning module very useful."
BMJ Learning is one of the leading continuing professional development and postgraduate training websites for doctors and healthcare professionals, using experts and a peer review system to keep things in check.
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