Journal of Neurology

, Volume 255, Supplement 5, pp 18–32 | Cite as

Epidemiology of Parkinson’s disease

  • Guido Alves
  • Elin Bjelland Forsaa
  • Kenn Freddy Pedersen
  • Michaela Dreetz Gjerstad
  • Jan Petter Larsen


Epidemiological research aims to provide information on the development, prevalence and progression of diseases, and their associated risk factors. Epidemiological research is thus the basis of increasing our understanding on the aetiology of diseases and as a consequence the starting point for identifying at risk groups in the population, development for novel prevention and treatment strategies, and health care planning. This review provides an overview of the epidemiology of Parkinson’s disease, the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with special emphasis on population-based data on the clinical progression of motor and non-motor features of the disease.

Key words

Parkinson’s disease epidemiology population-based progression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Alves
    • 1
    • 3
  • Elin Bjelland Forsaa
    • 1
    • 3
  • Kenn Freddy Pedersen
    • 1
    • 3
  • Michaela Dreetz Gjerstad
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jan Petter Larsen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Norwegian Centre for Movement DisordersStavanger University HospitalStavangerNorway
  2. 2.Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of MedicineUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Dept. of NeurologyStavanger University HospitalStavangerNorway

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