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Revisiting Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease: Motor Symptoms and Quality of Life from Patient’s Perspective

Although motor symptoms are the defining diagnostic features of PD, the impact of non-motor symptoms on day-to-day life and QOL have been in the spotlight over the past several years.  It is important, however, to revisit and draw attention to the current perspectives on motor symptoms and how the motor symptoms impact factors related to quality of life from the patient’s perspective.  We had 922 participants in the survey. Balance problems were reported in the greatest frequency, followed by slowness of movement, medication-induced dyskinesias, stiffness, and then tremor. This survey found that balance problems and walking disturbance had the strongest relationship to lower ratings of quality of life when compared to other motor symptoms. Motor symptoms had a significant adverse impact on engagement in functional independence in the home, in day-to-day activities in general, and in social and community activities. The relationship between motor symptoms, emotional health, and quality of life are discussed in the survey report.

With increased attention to and awareness about the patient’s perspective about the experience of motor symptoms on daily life, there is an opportunity for improved intervention for individuals with PD, from symptom management to treatments that may help with adapting to and coping with such symptoms.

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