Parkinson's awareness 'woeful'

The charity Parkinson's UK says its research shows a very low level of awareness about Parkinson's disease and its effects. Gaps in knowledge are worse in Wales than any other part of the UK.

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Charity criticises 'lack of knowledge' of Parkinson's disease in Wales

People in Wales have the lowest understanding of Parkinson's disease in the UK, a charity claims.

Parkinson's UK is now launching an 'awareness drive' to show the effects of the condition.

The research, published today, found:

  • Parkinson's affects 6,000 people in Wales - one in 500 of the population
  • 83% of Welsh people have little or no knowledge of the condition - above the UK average of 77%
  • 16% of people in the UK say they'd feel annoyed, embarrassed or uncomfortable to encounter someone with a tremor

2,059 people around the UK were interviewed last month.

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