Beliefs and Knowledge about Parkinson’s Disease

Susan Moore, Simon Knowles

Abstract


A survey of public attitudes showed that there is significant stigma perceived to be associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), as well as significant misconceptions about the course and outcomes of the disease. Negative attitudes to PD were associated with perceived stigma, (younger) age, knowledge of a sufferer and knowledge of the disease. Perceived stigma, negative attitudes and incorrect beliefs are likely to impinge on the psychosocial well-being of those living with the disease, particularly those with early onset. The data from this study was collected from 200 householders and suggest that more public information about positive lifestyle possibilities for those living with Parkinson’s would be of value to disease sufferers and their carers.

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Keywords

Parkinson’s Disease; Health Outcomes; Attitudes; Stigma



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