Parkinson’s disease: symptoms, treatment options and nursing care
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Parkinson’s disease: symptoms, treatment options and nursing care

Phil Cotterell Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist, Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Worthing, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand your role in supporting and improving the quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease and their family and carers

  • » To recognise motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and potential treatment options

  • » To ensure the care you provide to patients is holistic and considers not only the physical effect of Parkinson’s disease, but also the psychological and emotional effects that individuals may experience

Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that causes various motor and non-motor symptoms and will often have life-changing effects for those with the condition, as well as for their family and carers. Nurses can make a significant difference to the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease, whether in the acute setting, community setting or in care homes. This article explores the causes and progressive clinical pathway of IPD using an evidence-based approach. It emphasises the valuable role of the multidisciplinary team and of the nurse, in particular, in monitoring and improving the quality of life of those with the condition and their family and carers.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11207


Cotterell P (2018) Parkinson’s disease: symptoms, treatment options and nursing care. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11207

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 10 September 2018

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