To further the research and educational goals of the Movement Disorder Program and provide state-of the art care for patients enrolled in the Research Program and their caregivers by providing:
Diagnosis can be difficult for non-movement disorder specialists; Dr. Litvan's combination of experience and research provide her with the skills necessary to aid in appropriate differentiation from among these diseases.
Care for patients is a top priority for the LNRF. In order to provide the best care to help alleviate symptoms, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation. In addition to the routine medical evaluation (i.e. physical and histories), we also evaluate mental function, psychiatric health, gait and balance, motility and body function, and overall health satisfaction. Although the time needed to perform these evaluations can be lengthy (~ 2 hours), we feel that this is the only way to get a true understanding of the patient's status and determine the appropriate course of treatment for them. Normally, it is the caregiver or a family member that brings the patients in; we also involve them in the evaluation process, as often they provide invaluable information as to the patient's status.
Once the initial evaluations are over with and a course of action has been discussed with the patient and their caregiver/family member, the patient's various therapeutic needs are addressed as needed; this may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and swallowing therapy. We also provide social services assistance as needed.
After the patient begins their planned course of care, we continually monitor each of the areas of their well-being through meetings with each of the therapeutic areas' specialists, and update the patient's course as needed. All of these things are discussed with the patient and their caregiver/family regularly, and input is greatly encouraged at all times. In fact, patients, family members, and caregivers regularly call us just to update us and ask questions as they think of them (that's what we want!).
Education, Counseling & Support