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Characteristics and predictors of allied health service use among women with Parkinson’s disease


Mobility problems are common in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), contributing to falls and poor quality of life. Despite evidence that allied health interventions such as physiotherapy improve mobility and reduce falls in people with PD, particularly in early disease stages, most people with PD are referred to allied health later in disease when mobility problems are pronounced. This study aims to investigate (i) what allied health services people with PD access, and what characteristics are associated with differences in access (eg, living in rural/remote versus metropolitan areas, by socioeconomic status, by PD severity); (ii) time from diagnosis to use of publicly-funded allied health services, and (iii) associations between allied health service use and health services associated with deteriorating mobility, ie, hospitalisation for rehabilitation, falls and fractures, and nursing home admission.