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Neurol Sci. 2011 Feb;32(1):125-31. doi: 10.1007/s10072-010-0435-x. Epub 2010 Nov 6.

How parkinsonism influences life: the patients' point of view.

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  • 1Unit of Neurorehabilitation and Movement Disorders, IRCCS Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, Scientific Institute of Tradate, 21049, Tradate (VA), Italy.


To explore the experience of living with parkinsonism, a survey form was sent to the members of a patients' association; 1,256 forms were analysed. The mean age was 65.75 ┬▒ 9.29 years; 64.4% males. A family history was reported by 19.2%. Basic abilities were preserved in 75% of the responders; the ability to do indoor and outdoor activities was preserved in 42 and 28%, respectively. 70% of the responders liked to meet other people and about 50% liked discussing their condition. 80.3% of the responders lived with partner, while 7.8% did not live with family. Of the patients' partners, 38.9% took drugs, and 9.4% themselves needed assistance. Care programmes for parkinsonians should take into account the disease duration, the degree of disability, the presence of caregiver/s, and the level of caregiver burden; but it should also be appreciated that social habits, need of help, and severity of symptoms influence disability.

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