Parkinson's disease patients gave health care providers at specialized centers good marks for empathy, participation in decision-making, accessibility and emotional support but low scores for providing information and collaborative care in a survey of 972 patients at 20 North American centers of excellence. Majorities felt poorly educated about what their health care providers discussed with one another, peer support, adaptive equipment, alternative therapies and advanced treatment options. The study was funded by the National Parkinson Foundation and presented at the World Parkinson Congress.

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