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Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2014 Jan;20 Suppl 1:S174-9. doi: 10.1016/S1353-8020(13)70041-5.

Parkinson patients as partners in care.

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  • 1Carolinas Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Charlotte, NC, USA. Electronic address:


Increasing physical activity, as part of an active lifestyle, is an important health goal for individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). Exercise can positively impact health related quality of life. Given this, how can we promote physically active lifestyles among PD patients (most of whom are sedentary)? Here we suggest that health care professionals could significantly expand their impact by collaborating with PD patients and their spouses (or caregivers) as partners-in-care. We outline reasons why partners-in-care approaches are important in PD, including the need to increase social capital, which deals with issues of trust and the value of social networks in linking members of a community. We then present results of a qualitative study involving partners-in-care exercise beliefs among 19 PD patients and spouses, and conclude with our perspective on future benefits of this approach.

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Exercise; Parkinson's disease; Patient-centered; Physical therapy; Social capital

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