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Qual Life Res. 2010 Feb;19(1):55-64. doi: 10.1007/s11136-009-9559-y. Epub 2009 Nov 28.

Caregiver education in Parkinson's disease: formative evaluation of a standardized program in seven European countries.

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Department of Neurology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Leiden, The Netherlands. l.e.i.a_campo@lumc.nl

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The formative evaluation of a standardized psychosocial education program for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and their caregivers. The results of the participation of the caregivers are presented next to the data of the patients.

METHODS:

Caregivers (n = 137) and patients with PD (n = 151) participated in the 8-week program in separate groups. Measurements were performed on psychosocial problems (BELA-P/A-k), health state (EQ-5D VAS), quality of life (PDQ-39) and depression (SDS) 1 week before and 1 week after the program. Participants rated their mood on a visual analogue scale before and after each session, and they filled in an evaluation questionnaire after the last session.

RESULTS:

Scores on the BELA-P/A-k improved significantly on the 'bothered by scale' as well as the 'need for help scale'. No improvements were found on EQ-5D VAS, PDQ-39 and SDS. Mood ratings improved significantly after each session. Most participants evaluated the program as positive. Feedback led to improvements in the program, which are incorporated in a final manual.

CONCLUSIONS:

The program was feasible to run in the different countries. This exploratory study led to improvements in the program and recommendations for further research. A study on the effectiveness of the program is the next step.

PMID:
19946755
PMCID:
PMC2804793
DOI:
10.1007/s11136-009-9559-y
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