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Time intervals in diagnosing Parkinson's disease: The patients' views

Plouvier, Annette O.A.; Hartman, Tim C. olde; Boots, Leontien P.W.; Bloem, Bastiaan; Lagro-Janssen, Antoine L; van Weel, Chris


The majority of all patients are content with their pathway to the diagnosis of PD. Objective: To explore patients' views on their pathway to the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods: A qualitative study of 52 essays written by patients with PD, using comparative content analysis. Results: Patients divide their diagnostic pathway into three time intervals: recognition of the symptoms; the decision to seek help; and the process of diagnosing PD. Patients have difficulties recognizing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Patient Education and Counseling
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.02.010


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