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Parkinson's disease (PD) affects thousands of people in the UK; the impact of the condition on individuals and their families can be devastating. Until recently comparatively little attention has been paid to the emotional and psychological impact of the condition. This paper is intended for use both by health and social care professionals, and also by people with PD and their families.
It has four main aims:
- To outline the psychological consequences of PD and review the evidence base for psychological approaches to intervention.
- To brief service managers on the potential utility of psychological assessment and intervention within PD services.
- To provide information on the potential role and function of clinical psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists in the provision of services to PD survivors and their families.
- To offer recommendations as to how clinical psychology and neuropsychology input may be structured within specialist PD services.
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