The Promise of Telemedicine for Movement Disorders: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2018 Apr 13;18(5):26. doi: 10.1007/s11910-018-0834-6.


Purpose of review: Advances in technology have expanded telemedicine opportunities covering medical practice, research, and education. This is of particular importance in movement disorders (MDs), where the combination of disease progression, mobility limitations, and the sparse distribution of MD specialists increase the difficulty to access. In this review, we discuss the prospects, challenges, and strategies for telemedicine in MDs.

Recent findings: Telemedicine for MDs has been mainly evaluated in Parkinson's disease (PD) and compared to in-office care is cost-effective with similar clinical care, despite the barriers to engagement. However, particular groups including pediatric patients, rare MDs, and the use of telemedicine in underserved areas need further research. Interdisciplinary telemedicine and tele-education for MDs are feasible, provide similar care, and reduce travel costs and travel time compared to in-person visits. These benefits have been mainly demonstrated for PD but serve as a model for further validation in other movement disorders.

Keywords: Movement disorders; Tele-education; Telehealth; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Movement Disorders / therapy*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Telemedicine*