Palliative care for Parkinson's disease

Ann Palliat Med. 2018 Jul;7(3):296-303. doi: 10.21037/apm.2017.12.02. Epub 2018 Jan 4.


Parkinson's disease (PD) is a slowly progressive multi-system neurodegenerative disorder, with no available disease-modifying treatment. The disease is associated with motor and non-motor symptoms leading to impaired quality of life, disability and signi cant caregiver distress. Patients with PD bene t from palliative care which provides a holistic approach to meet their multi-faceted needs, including symptom control, communication needs and caregiver support. This article would review on recent articles addressing palliative care for PD.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease (PD); motor symptoms; palliative care; prognostication.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advance Directives
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Cost of Illness
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Holistic Health
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*
  • Parkinson Disease / mortality
  • Parkinson Disease / nursing
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Care Team
  • Prognosis
  • Social Support