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Parkinson's disease patients with subthalamic stimulation and carers judge quality of life differently
Conclusions: Unequal perception of QoL between patients and caregivers exists under STN-DBS. The fact that social functioning does not improve longitudinally is perhaps due to patient's higher levels of apathy and reduced motivation following surgery. Our findings stress the importance of considering caregiver's input in DBS patients' outcomes and the need for pre-operative preparation.
01 May 2014
Virtual visits for Parkinson disease
Authors ought to characterize recommendations and feedback of patients with Parkinson disease, each offered a free telemedicine consultation with a specialist. Visits consisted of history, neurologic examination, and recommendations.
01 April 2014
The role of exergaming in Parkinson's disease rehabilitation: a systematic review of the evidence
In conclusion, exergaming is an emerging tool to help rehabilitate motor skills in people with PD. Although authors were able to establish that exergaming is feasible in people with PD, more research is needed to establish its safety and clinical effectiveness, particularly in the home.
07 March 2014
Mobility, mood and site of care impact health related quality of life in Parkinson's disease
Conclusions: Authors confirmed many but not all HRQL associations found in smaller studies. A novel observation was that the site of care was an important contributor to HRQL, suggesting that comparison of outcomes and processes among centers may identify best practices.
01 March 2014
Dance therapy for individuals with Parkinson's disease: improving quality of life
This review suggests that, at the very least, dance has the potential to impact the HRQOL and possibly the health behaviors of individuals with PD. Interventions for those with PD must be targeted and efficient.
21 February 2014
Health-related quality of life in early Parkinson's disease: The impact of nonmotor symptoms
Authors investigated the significance of NMS in relation to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with newly diagnosed PD. Patients and healthy controls were recruited as part of the Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Cohorts with Longitudinal Evaluation in Parkinson's Disease Study.
15 February 2014
The impact of non-motor symptoms on the Health-Related Quality of Life of Parkinson's disease patients from Southwest China
Methods: A total of 693 PD patients from Southwest China were included in the study. NMS of patients were evaluated by non-motor symptoms scale (NMSS) and Parkinson's disease questionnaire-39 item version (PDQ-39) was used to evaluate the HRQoL of PD.
01 February 2014
Unexplained lower limb pain in Parkinson's disease: A phenotypic variant of painful Parkinson's disease
Conclusions: Authors believe that unexplained lower limb pain is a specific non-motor phenotype in Parkinson's disease that is problematic and often undisclosed. This may be a variant of central pain and merits recognition.
01 January 2014
Reasons driving treatment modification in Parkinson's disease: Results from the cross-sectional phase of the REASON study
Objectives: To assess the association between clinical and socio-demographic features and anti-Parkinson drug (APD) treatment modifications in patients with PD and to describe neurologist and patient opinions regarding the need for changes in APD therapy.
01 December 2013
Physical activity and the brain: A review of this dynamic, bi-directional relationship
This review details this bi-directional relationship and addresses its implications for improving physical activity, exercise performance, and brain-related function and outcomes.
20 November 2013
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