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A sample of people with Parkinson's disease (PD), identified from a 1992 Northampton Health Authority (NHA) Prevalence Study, and currently registered with a general practitioner, completed a postal survey. People with PD reported considerably worse health status than other individuals of the same age across a wide range of health-related dimensions. Health status was worse in those with longer-standing illness. The Parkinson's disease questionnaire (PDQ-39) identified particular problems associated with PD. The health status for those seen most recently by various health-related professionals was generally worse. Access to various services continues to be a problem for a substantial minority of people with PD. The health status of those reporting dissatisfaction with access to services was generally worse. More research, using feasible and relevant outcome measures, is needed to assess different interventions, and to assist in the determination of appropriate services.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Disabil Rehabil

Publication Date

03/1997

Volume

19

Pages

97 - 103

Keywords

Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, England, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Parkinson Disease, Patient Satisfaction, Self Disclosure, Surveys and Questionnaires