Movement disorders affect people around the world; In the United States, 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year,[i] and it is estimated that as many as one million people around the country suffer from the condition.i
The widespread access to information on the internet is changing the way people learn about health conditions. Although internet searches can locate excellent answers, there is also a lot of information which can be confusing, misleading or incomplete.
Move2Answers (www.move2answers.com), a new GE Healthcare awareness project, is an information platform for people affected by PS and ET, as well as their families and caregivers. The site explains about PS and ET, the importance of diagnosis and the benefits of movement (e.g., exercise, dance, stretching) in developing new skills that can help make everyday tasks easier.
The site offers visitors informative tools that can help patients and caregivers understand more about PS and ET, prepare for a visit with their healthcare team, find local support groups and learn about the benefits of activities such as walking, stretching, dancing and exercising. In addition, the site explains the various methods used to diagnose PS and ET and provides links to some clinical trial options available for people with suspected PS who are motivated to volunteer.
Move2Answers is different from other online resources, by bringing together resources from third party organizations, government organizations and community groups to educate both patients and caregivers about movement disorders, and the benefits of movement. The site further demonstrates GE Healthcare’s commitment to overcoming neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease by engaging and educating patients and those that care for them.
Patients and caregivers are encouraged to share their stories and experiences about how PS has touched them, their family or friends by visiting www.mindonlinecampaign.com.
[i]Parkinson's Disease (PD) Overview. National Parkinson Foundation Web site. http://www.parkinson.org/parkinson-s-disease.aspx. Accessed March 28, 2011.