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Health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson disease : a comparison with international studies

Soh, Sze-Ee, McGinley, Jennifer L., Watts, Jennifer J., Iansek, Robert and Morris, Meg E. 2012, Health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson disease : a comparison with international studies, Physiotherapy Canada, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 338-346, doi: 10.3138/ptc.2011-26.

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Title Health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson disease : a comparison with international studies
Author(s) Soh, Sze-Ee
McGinley, Jennifer L.
Watts, Jennifer J.ORCID iD for Watts, Jennifer J.
Iansek, Robert
Morris, Meg E.
Journal name Physiotherapy Canada
Volume number 64
Issue number 4
Start page 338
End page 346
Total pages 7
Publisher University of Toronto Press : Journals Division
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0300-0508
Keyword(s) Australia
quality of life
Parkinson disease
Summary Purpose: This study describes the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Australians living with Parkinson disease (PD) and compares the findings to international reports.
Methods: The Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire-39 (PDQ-39) was used to measure HRQOL in 210 individuals with PD living in Australia. In parallel, a tailored literature search identified previous studies on HROQL in people with PD. A quantitative meta-analysis with a random-effects model was used to compare the HRQOL of individuals with PD living in Australia and other countries.
: The mean PDQ-39 summary index (SI) score for this sample of Australians with PD was 20.9 (SD 12.7). Ratings for the dimension of social support and stigma were significantly lower than ratings for bodily discomfort, mobility, activities of daily living, cognition, and emotional well-being. Comparing the Australian and international PD samples revealed a significant heterogeneity in overall HRQOL (I2 = 97%). The mean PDQ-39 SI scores for Australians were lower, indicating better HRQOL relative
to samples from other countries.
Conclusions: This Australian sample with PD perceived their HRQOL as poor, although it was less severely compromised than that of international samples. While further research is required, these findings can inform the clinical decision-making processes of physiotherapists
Language eng
DOI 10.3138/ptc.2011-26
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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