Objective: To evaluate the patient satisfaction and efficacy of a Parkinson's Disease Enrichment Program (PEP) for improving cognitive and psychiatric non-motor symptoms (NMS) and quality of life in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients Method: Twenty independently functioning non-demented PD patients participated in a 5 week PEP. Each four-hour weekly session included content which addressed the following components: education, exercise, recreation and socialization/support. PD participants received a pre-assessment, including cognitive tests and questionnaires for depression, anxiety and quality of life (QOL). After the completion of the program, participants completed post-assessment batteries to measure changes in neurocognitive and psychiatric status, as well as patient satisfaction regarding the program. Results: Significant improvements were observed in accuracy of semantic category switching and delayed recall for verbal list-learning, with a positive trend in breadth of semantic category switching. 80% of participants reported improved cognition and 75% of participants reported improved emotional status after five weeks. 100% of participants reported enjoyment from socialization with other PD participants and satisfaction with the program overall. Conclusion: Positive participant feedback suggests that further expansion of this program for treatment of NMS may be beneficial for PD patients. Future research will continue to evaluate PEPs to augment sample size and strengthen internal validity. Future studies will also compare the efficacy of PEPs to a best medical therapy group and a cognitive rehabilitation intervention for PD.
NEUROLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION
Comparative Patient Satisfaction and Efficacy of a Parkinson's Disease Enrichment Program (PEP)
T Choudhury, K Crist, C Harris, T Satterwhite, B Treece, M York; NEUROLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION
Comparative Patient Satisfaction and Efficacy of a Parkinson's Disease Enrichment Program (PEP). Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2015; 30 (6): 515. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acv047.80
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