It is important to fully appreciate perceptions of the physical, emotional, and social effects of Parkinson’s disease (PD), which is progressive and complex. This is a qualitative study with focus group interviews to understand patients’ challenges and needs relating to health care in PD. Thematic analyses were applied to analyze the qualitative data. There were 3 main themes, that is, “physical challenges,” “psychosocial response,” and “family relationships,” and 8 subthemes. These findings suggest that health care providers should be aware of specific patients’ difficulties and needs to provide timely and appropriate interventions for people with PD.
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Nursing, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Dr Lee); College of Nursing, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Ms Yoo); School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Ms Ahn); and Department of Nursing, Bucheon University, Bucheon-si, Republic of Korea (Dr Choi). This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (NRF-2012R1A1A3012645; NRF-2015R1A1A3A04001474). No conflicts of interest have been declared by the authors. Correspondence: MoonKi Choi, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing, Bu-cheon University, 14632, Sinheung-ro 56-25, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Geriatrics and Gerontology