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Neurology. 2011 May 3;76(18):1542-7. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182194bad. Epub 2011 Apr 27.

Group patient visits for Parkinson disease: a randomized feasibility trial.

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Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. ray.dorsey@jhmi.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Group patient visits are medical appointments shared among patients with a common medical condition. This care delivery method has demonstrated benefits for individuals with chronic conditions but has not been evaluated for Parkinson disease (PD).

METHODS:

We conducted a 12-month, randomized trial of group patient visits vs usual (one-on-one) care for patients with PD. Visits were led by one of 3 study physicians, included patients and caregivers, and lasted approximately 90 minutes. Those receiving group visits had 4 sessions over 12 months. The primary outcome measure was feasibility as measured by the ability to recruit participants and by the proportion of participants who completed the study. The primary efficacy outcome was quality of life as measured by the PD Questionnaire-39.

RESULTS:

Thirty patients and 27 caregivers enrolled in the study. Thirteen of the 15 patients randomized to group patient visits and 14 of the 15 randomized to usual care completed the study. Quality of life measured 12 months after baseline between the 2 groups was not different (25.9 points for group patient visits vs 26.0 points for usual care; p = 0.99).

CONCLUSIONS:

Group patient visits may be a feasible means of providing care to individuals with PD and may offer an alternative or complementary method of care delivery for some patients and physicians.

CLASSIFICATION OF EVIDENCE:

This study provides Class II evidence that group patient visits did not improve quality of life for individuals with PD over a 1-year period.

PMID:
21525426
PMCID:
PMC3100128
DOI:
10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182194bad
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