Models of Care Delivery for Patients With Parkinson Disease Living in Rural Areas

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The elderly who suffer from chronic conditions have an increasingly difficult time accessing health care in rural areas compared with their healthy counterparts who seek and utilize less specialty care. Parkinson disease affects approximately 0.3% to 5% of the elderly population. However, a large portion of that population has difficulty accessing health care. The purpose of this study was to obtain an understanding of the access to care issues for patients with Parkinson disease and review solutions to aid their provision of care. A review of the literature found several models of care available to improve access to care issues for patients with Parkinson disease.

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