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Quality of life (QoL) research papers

  • Clasped hands Palliative Care in Parkinson's DiseaseIn the following, the timing for considering palliative care, the communication surrounding this stage of illness, and assessing patients and caregivers will be discussed. 01 August 2013
  • Brain activity Improving memory in Parkinson's disease: A healthy brain ageing cognitive training programAlthough the study was limited by the lack of randomized allocation to treatment and control groups, these findings suggest that a healthy brain ageing cognitive training program may be a viable tool to improve memory and/or slow cognitive decline in people with Parkinson's disease. It also appeared successful for increasing awareness of adaptive and/or compensatory cognitive strategies, as well as modifiable risk factors to optimize brain functioning. 15 July 2013
  • Brain skeleton activity Musculoskeletal problems in Parkinson's disease: Neglected issuesConclusion: Musculoskeletal problems were more common in the PD group than in the controls. Furthermore, despite PD patients having a higher prevalence, they did not receive adequate treatment. 01 July 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods The Beneficial Role of Intensive Exercise on Parkinson Disease ProgressionThe authors outline the relation between intensive exercises and neuroplastic activity on animal models of Parkinson disease and discuss the clinical results of different intensive strategies on motor performance and disease progression in patients with Parkinson disease. 01 June 2013
  • Man with stick Feasibility of a Virtual Exercise Coach to Promote Walking in Community-Dwelling Persons with Parkinson DiseaseConclusions: Sedentary persons with Parkinson disease successfully used a computer and interacted with a virtual exercise coach. Retention, satisfaction, and adherence to daily walking were high for 1 mo, and significant improvements were seen in mobility. 01 June 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods Comparison of caregiver strain in Parkinson's disease between Yamagata, Japan, and Maryland, The United States178 Spousepatient pairs were assessed. The level of caregiver strain in PD did not differ between Yamagata, Japan and Maryland, US despite differences in demographics and social support programs in the two regions. Yamagata spouses reported physical, time and financial constraints, while Maryland spouses reported more emotional distress. I 01 June 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial of Virtual House Calls for Parkinson DiseaseConclusion: Using web-based videoconferencing to provide specialty care at home is feasible, provides value to patients, and may offer similar clinical benefit to that of in-person care. Larger studies are needed to determine whether the clinical benefits are indeed comparable to those of in-person care and whether the results observed are generalizable. 01 May 2013
  • Quality of Life Friends Couple walking in woods The PDQ-Carer: Development and validation of a summary index scoreThe analyses undertaken here indicate that data from the PDQ-Carer can be presented in summary form. The index will provide an overall indication of the impact of caring. Furthermore, the single index reduces the number of statistical comparisons, and hence the role of chance, when exploring data from the PDQ-Carer. 01 April 2013
  • xxx Journal of Parkinson's Disease Volume 3 Issue 1A summary of articles in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease 2013 Volume 3 Issue 1 01 April 2013
  • Clasped hands Recognition of facial and musical emotions in Parkinson's diseaseResults showed that the PD group was significantly impaired for recognition of both fear and sadness emotions from facial expressions, whereas their performance in recognition of emotions from musical excerpts was not different from that of the control group. The scores of fear and sadness recognition from faces were neither correlated to scores in tests for executive and cognitive functions, nor to scores in self-assessment scales. 01 March 2013
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