Living with Parkinson’s disease: disease and medication experiences of patients and caregivers

Yi Wen Chen, Chu Yun Huang, Jo Hsin Chen, Chi Lien Hsiao, Chien Tai Hong, Chen Yu Wu, Elizabeth H. Chang

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Abstract

Purpose: Symptoms and medication use in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) affect the quality of life of patients and caregivers, yet prior research seldom focused on their experiences with medications. This study explored comprehensive living and medication experience from patients with PD and their caregivers. Methods: Patients diagnosed with PD for ≥2 years, with or without their caregivers, were recruited from an outpatient clinic in Taiwan. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted based on the Common Sense Model. A qualitative content analysis was used to identify salient themes from verbatim transcripts. Results: In total, 15 patients and eight caregivers were interviewed. Five themes were derived: (1) symptoms and help-seeking behaviours before a diagnosis, (2) emotional impacts and life adaptations after a PD diagnosis, (3) life affected by medications, (4) experiences of caregivers in taking care of PD patients, and (5) communication between doctors and patients. Conclusions: Patients frequently adjusted their daily schedules to live with PD and the medication side effects. Caregivers struggle to overcome caring burdens and to stay positive to support patients. More attention on providing medication information, mental support, and communication between stakeholders is needed to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2018769
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • caregiver
  • medication experience
  • medication therapy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • patient
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Gerontology
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy

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