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Measuring symptom load in Idiopathic Parkinson's disease

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Lee, Dr Mary Prentice, Anthony Hildreth, Professor Richard Walker


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This study evaluated the symptom burden experienced by patients with Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease (IPD) by using a standard palliative care assessment tool (PACA) and comparing it with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). These tools together with the Mini-Mental State Examination, Beck Depression Inventory and the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life were used in 123 IPD patients. The PACA demonstrated broad coverage of both motor and non motor symptoms (mean = 14.3 symptoms per patient) whereas the UPDRS predominantly assessed motor symptoms. Implications for symptom assessment and palliative care provision in IPD are discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Lee MA, Prentice WM, Hildreth AJ, Walker RW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

Year: 2007

Volume: 13

Issue: 5

Pages: 284-289

Print publication date: 01/01/2007

ISSN (print): 1353-8020

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5126

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2006.11.009


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