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Non-motor symptoms and health-related quality of life: an overview 

Non-motor symptoms and health-related quality of life: an overview
Chapter:
Non-motor symptoms and health-related quality of life: an overview
Source:
Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (2 ed.)
Author(s):

Pablo Martinez-Martin

, Francisco J. Carod Artal

, and Jesus de Pedro Cuesta

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199684243.003.0025

The term ‘quality of life’ (QoL) first surfaced in public debate about health and the environment in the 1950s. The QoL concept is multidimensional and is made up of many possible components connected with the individual, social networks, environment and society (e.g. vocational satisfaction, familial relationships, social status, spirituality and financial status). One such component is health, and the aspects related to it are collectively termed ‘health-related QoL’. The chapter takes the form of a narrative review of studies that furnish empirical data on the relationship between non-motor symptoms (NMS) and HRQoL in Parkinson’s disease. It is concluded that depression, autonomic dysfunction, psychiatric complications, pain, fatigue and sleep problems are major correlates of poor HRQoL and there is an urgent need for further studies to address the role of NMS and the effect of their treatment on HRQoL in PD.

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