The impact of COVID-19 on palliative care for people with Parkinson's and response to future pandemics

Chaudhuri, K. Ray and Rukavina, Katarina and McConvey, Victor and Antonini, Angelo and Lorenzl, Stefan and Bhidayasiri, Roongroj and Piemonte, Maria Elisa Pimentel and Lim, Shen-Yang and Richfield, Edward and Walker, Richard and Bouca-Machado, Raquel and Bajwah, Sabrina and Gao, Wei and Trivedi, Dhaval and Miyasaki, Janis (2021) The impact of COVID-19 on palliative care for people with Parkinson's and response to future pandemics. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 21 (6). pp. 615-623. ISSN 1473-7175, DOI

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Although in some countries, palliative care (PC) still remains poorly implemented, its importance throughout the course of Parkinson's disease (PD) is increasingly being acknowledged. With an emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, growing emphasis has been placed on the palliative needs of people with Parkinson's (PwP), particularly elderly, frail, and with comorbidities. Areas covered: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses an enormous challenge on aspects of daily living in PwP and might interact negatively with a range of motor and non-motor symptoms (NMS), both directly and indirectly - as a consequence of pandemic-related social and health care restrictions. Here, the authors outline some of the motor and NMS relevant to PC, and propose a pragmatic and rapidly deployable, consensus-based PC approach for PwP during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, potentially relevant also for future pandemics. Expert opinion: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses a considerable impact on PwP and their caregivers, ranging from mental health issues to worsening of physical symptoms - both in the short- and long-term, (Long-COVID) and calls for specific, personalized PC strategies relevant in a lockdown setting globally. Validated assessment tools should be applied remotely to flag up particular motor or NMS that require special attention, both in short- and long-term.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parkinson's disease;COVID-19;Palliative care;Quality of life; Non-motor symptoms
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 07:34
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 07:34

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