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Acta Neurol Scand. 2010 Dec;122(6):418-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2010.01332.x.

Caregiver distress associated with neuropsychiatric problems in patients with early Parkinson's disease: the Norwegian ParkWest study.

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The Norwegian Centre for Movement Disorders, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway. leii@sus.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We investigated caregiver distress associated with neuropsychiatric problems in patients with newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Persons who were next of kins of 198 patients and 168 healthy individuals completed the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Caregiver Distress Scale.

RESULTS:

Even at the time of diagnosis PD has a considerable impact on the next of kins' experience of distress. Nearly 50% reported distress, significantly more than in the control group, and more than one-quarter reported moderate severe distress. Except the more rarely reported neuropsychiatric symptoms, apathy was the symptom that most frequently caused caregiver distress in PD patient's next of kin (94.5%), followed by depression (88.2%), anxiety (86.2%) and irritability (83.3%).

CONCLUSIONS:

The study underlines the importance of focusing on neuropsychiatric aspects in patients and associated caregiver distress even in early PD management.

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