for people ages 40 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



The purpose of this study is to improve outcomes for persons living with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their family caregivers. The investigators hypothesize that outpatient interdisciplinary palliative care will improve patient-centered outcomes for PD patients at high-risk for poor outcomes.


Palliative care is an approach to caring for individuals with life-threatening illnesses that addresses potential causes of suffering including physical symptoms such as pain, psychiatric symptoms such as depression, psychosocial issues and spiritual needs. Palliative care approaches have been successfully applied to improve patient-centered outcomes in cancer as well as several chronic progressive illnesses including heart failure and pulmonary disease. To date there have been minimal attempts to apply these principles to PD although preliminary evidence suggests that PD patients have significant unmet needs under current models of care which may be amenable through a palliative care model. This study will provide critical information to forward this field including data on the comparative effectiveness of outpatient palliative care for PD versus current standards of care; effects of this intervention on cost and service utilization; and the characteristics of patients most likely to benefit from such an approach and the specific services most needed by PD patients and their caregivers.


Parkinson's Disease Palliative Care Parkinson Disease Interdisciplinary outpatient palliative care


You can join if…

Open to people ages 40 years and up

  • Fluent in English
  • UK Brain Bank criteria for diagnosis of probable PD or Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA) or Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) or Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) or Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
  • At high risk for poor outcomes as identified by the Palliative Care Needs Assessment Tool (PC-NAT)

You CAN'T join if...

  • Immediate and urgent palliative care needs
  • Unable or unwilling to commit to study procedures including;
  • randomization,
  • study visits or
  • the addition of a neurologist to their care team
  • Presence of additional chronic medical illnesses which may require palliative services
  • Already receiving palliative care and/or hospice services.


  • University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • University of Colorado Hospital
    Aurora Colorado 80045 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of Colorado, Denver
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