Case Study: The Parkinson's Experience

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Title
Case Study: The Parkinson's Experience
Author
Scott A Thurman
Faculty Sponsor
Debi Brannan
Abstract
<p>Previous research has extensively studied individual components of Parkinson’s by studying the disease but thus far does not address the comprehensive impacts and obstacles of life with Parkinson’s. The common experiences of Parkinson’s can offer insight as to how provide better care by addressing multiple domains in a person’s life. This hypothetical case study highlights commonalities shared by those with Parkinson’s that spans across social, emotional and biological aspects of life. Possible treatment strategies are discussed concerning the impacts of fatigue, social isolation, increased burdens of care, and family dynamics in order to offer insight to care providers as to the range of care needed by those with Parkinson’s disease. The goal of this article is to highlight that, while interventions are needed to address the disease, providers should be mindful that interventions are also needed to limit the negative impacts of Parkinson’s on a person’s life experience.</p>
Description
“For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given – sometimes just a marker that points me in a new direction that I might not otherwise have traveled. So, sure, it may be one step forward and two steps back, but after a time with Parkinson’s, I’ve learned that what is important is making that one step count; always looking up.”
- Michael J. Fox, 2009. Always looking up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. New York, NY: Hyperion
Keywords
Parkinson’s disease, Fatigue, Burden of Care, Medicare, Social Isolation, Symptoms, Social Work, Palliative Care, Case Study
Subject
Alternative and Complementary Medicine; Cognition and Perception; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Neurology; Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene; Other Life Sciences; Personality and Social Contexts; Psychiatric and Mental Health; Social Psychology; Social Work
Rights
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Type
Text
volume
2
Date Published
5/29/2013
Note
Debi Brannan
Alternative Title
The Parkinson's Experience
Historical Downloads
13738
Identifier
pure/vol2/iss1/5
Language
eng