ParkinsonNet is a nationwide infrastructure in the Netherlands, consisting of 68 regional and multidisciplinary networks of some 2,700 specifically trained allied healthcare professionals, who deliver integrated care to patients with Parkinson's disease.
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To provide decision support for everyday clinical practice, ParkinsonNet develops evidence-based guidelines using international standards, including AGREE. Practice recommendations are developed based on the results of a systematic literature review and appraisal, considerations of clinical experts, and patient values. Dutch national professional allied health associations, and the patient’s society endorse all guidelines. ParkinsonNet also empowers patients to take better care of themselves.
Optimising health solutions
This strategy breaks down the regular boundaries of healthcare and aims to improve connections between patients and healthcare professionals. Instead of focusing on cutting costs across the board, ParkinsonNet has found a way to optimize health solutions for lower costs in a specific field. For this work, the organization won the prestigious Value Based Health Care Prize from renowned expert Michael Porter, in April 2015.
Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.