- Article: Cotton P, Heisters D (2012) How to care for people with Parkinson’s disease. Nursing Times; 108: 16, 12-13.
- Author: Patsy Cotton is advanced nurse practitioner in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorder, Salford Royal Foundation Trust; Daiga Heisters is head of professional engagement and education, Parkinson’s UK.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT:
- The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Treatment options, including medication and deep brain stimulation (DBS)
- The role of a Parkinson’s nurse and advice for nurses on caring for Parkinson’s patients
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Parkinson’s dementia
- Deep brain stimulation
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL TO ME?
Knowledge of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, the treatment options and the possible side-effects of treatment, like involuntary movements and impulsive and compulsive behaviour, is important for caring for patients with Parkinson’s. The discussion of the roles of specialist Parkinson’s nurses and the advice on caring for Parkinson’s patients may be useful for both students and general nurses.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR:
- What are some common signs of impulsive or compulsive behaviour?
- What types of movement problems should I look for because they could lead to malnutrition?
STUDENT NT DECODER:
- Idiopathic – meaning, from an unknown source. According to the article, idiopathic Parkinson’s is the most common form of the disease, meaning that, in most cases, there is no clearly definable cause.
- Dementia – the condition of a loss of brain functioning, more than that which is naturally the result of age. Some symptoms are forgetfulness, hallucinations and slowness of thought.