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The coping methods of patients with Parkinson's disease their carers and the associations between health-related quality of life and depression

The methods of coping and their relationship to disease severity, cognitive function, depression and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were examined in 79 Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and their carers. The coping methods of the PD patients were not associated with disease severity, cognitive function, or depression. In general the majority of correlations were weak. However, patients who used avoidance and cognitive coping methods reported improved HRQoL. Impaired cognitive function, poorer HRQoL and increased disease severity were associated with depression in patients. In carers, avoidance coping was associated with depression and cognitive impairment in the patient being cared for. These findings demonstrate the complex relationship in PD between impairment, quality of life, depression, cognitive function and the coping styles adopted by patients and carers. The study also highlights the difficulties in measuring these interactions with quantitative outcome measures.

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Additional Titles
Quality in Ageing

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
2042-8766;1471-7794
Resource Database
Social care online
Publication Year
2001
Issue Number
4
Volume Number
2
Start Page
12-19