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Care requirements of a prevalent population of people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease

Lookup NU author(s): Betram Porter, Professor Richard Walker


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Objective: the aim of this study was to elicit the care requirements for a prevalent PD population and compare these to a similarly aged background population. Methods: all people diagnosed with idiopathic PD from within a defined area of north-east England were asked to participate in this study. Those who agreed to participate were assessed using a number of standard rating scales including Hoehn and Yahr stage, Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Parkinson's Disease Questionaire-39 and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). In addition, participants were asked whether they had experienced hallucinations. Social and demographic information (e.g. age, sex and place of abode) was also recorded. Results: from all cases (n = 161), 135 people (83.8%) agreed to participate. Of these, 19 (14.1%) were living in residential or nursing homes, representing 1.6% of the total nursing/residential home residents in the study area. Participants had a mean age of 74.8 years and disease duration of 5.6 years. Those in care were significantly older and had significantly poorer Hoehn and Yahr, MMSE and UPDRS scores. Conclusion: PD patients in institutional care have poorer cognitive function, are older, have later stage disease and worse functional ability than those living at home.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Porter B, Henry SR, Gray WK, Walker RW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Age and Ageing

Year: 2010

Volume: 39

Issue: 1

Pages: 57-61

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 0002-0729

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2834

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afp199


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