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Parkinson’s disease is a commonly known movement and neurodegenerative disorder affecting a large portion of the male population. This disease is gruesome and progressive; it often interferes with a person’s daily routines and activities due to deficits in postural stability, tremors, slowed movement, and rigidity (Tysnes et al., 2017). Most persons with Parkinson’s have informal caregivers, often female spouses, or significant others of the individual. Caregivers of Parkinson’s disease prioritize their loved ones needs over their own, neglecting their own daily activities and routines including self-care, social participation, leisure, and physical activity. Occupational therapists and other health care professionals often fail to recognize the burdens placed on Parkinson’s caregivers. Due to the unmet needs of Parkinson’s caregivers, they experience reduced quality of life which negatively affects their loved ones’ quality of life (Lageman et al., 2018). This quantitative research study set out to understand the relationship between Parkinson’s disease symptoms and caregiver occupational performance resulting in decreased quality of life, health, and well-being among caregivers (Henry et al., 2020; Turney et al., 2017). Using the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-Carer (PDQ-Carer), this project will measure caregivers' quality of life using a 5-point Likert scale (Morley et al., 2012). The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between Parkinson’s disease symptoms and caregiver occupational performance to improve quality of life, health, and well-being (Henry et al., 2020).
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Parkinson’s disease, informal caregivers, occupational therapists, quality of life, occupational performance
Medical Subject Headings
Parkinson's Disease, Caregivers, Quality of Life, Occupational Therapy, Surveys and Questionnaires
Mental and Social Health | Neurology | Occupational Therapy | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy
Dooley, P., Bayona, C., & Domville, K. (2022, April 13). Analysis of Quality of Life in Parkinson's Disease Caregivers: A Quantitative Research Study. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstones-spring2022/22