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GARCIA MANZANARES, M.ª Concepción et al. Parkinson’s disease: Nursing approach from primary health care. Gerokomos [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.4, pp.171-177. ISSN 1134-928X.


Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder with insidious beginning and prolonged course. It has a higher impact in elderly people; the average age of onset is 57 years. The care that patients receive affect their quality of life. A literature review of the published data so far has been made to know which kind of needs the Parkinson’s patients have in the early stages and which type of care they require. The main objective of this study has been to establish the nursing care for newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients at primary health care.


The most requested needs in the early stage of Parkinson’s disease are related to mobility, elimination and sleep/rest. The interventions are programmed according to the needs of each patient.


The early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease will improve the efficiency of the intervention and it will result in a slower progression of the disease. The importance of informing and educating the patient about the fundamental aspects and the evolution of the prognosis of Parkinson’s disease are fundamental to improve the individual’s ability of coping.

Keywords : Parkinson’s disease; needs; care; primary health care; motor neurone disease; feeding and depression.

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