Personalized care management for persons with Parkinson's disease: A telenursing solution
SourceClinical Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 3, (2020), article 100070
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Clinical Parkinsonism & Related Disorders
SubjectRadboudumc 3: Disorders of movement DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Poor recognition and inadequate treatment of motor and non-motor symptoms negatively impact on the quality of life of persons with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Furthermore, failure to incorporate timely detection and management of symptoms increases the risk of partially avoidable complications. A promising approach to overcome these pitfalls is telenursing, which entails proactive care delivery by a PD Nurse Specialist (PDNS) through telephone contacts. We hypothesized that adding telenursing to usual care could fill a gap in currently available services, including offering patients easy accessibility to a nurse with specific expertise in PD. We explored this hypothesis by prospectively assessing the effects of a telenursing intervention on motor and non-motor symptoms in a patient with PD. During a threemonth intervention period which comprised 13 telephone contacts, the patient reported a remarkable reduction in number of falls, from 99 falls per three months to 3 falls per three months; and a reduction in non-motor symptoms. The main working mechanism was presumably rather indirect and mediated via alleviation of anxiety, achieved by the individually tailored information and problem-solving strategies provided by the PDNS. Our observations should encourage large-scale evaluations to assess the long-term effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telenursing interventions in persons with PD.
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