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Ahlberg E, Laakso K, Hartelius L.. Perceived Changes in Communication as an Effect of STN Surgery in Parkinson's Disease: A Qualitative Interview Study.. , Parkinsons Dis. 2011;2011:540158. Epub 2011 Aug 14.
This article looked at the impressions/perspectives of four people with Parkinson’s disease (PWP) that underwent DBS-STN and had improvements in motor symptoms (increased mobility and reduced tremor) but also subsequent changes in their speech. The article begins by listing what research has shown regarding how speech is affected by PD (“hypokinetic dysarthria, weakness, breathiness, monotony, imprecise articulation, and variable rate”) as well as by DBS-STN (variable findings, “improved phonatory and articulatory components,” reduced “speech intelligibility.” All four of the individuals indicated that they believed that the surgery was life improving and that it was their only option for improvement. The authors also looked at the impressions of the four individuals and ran analyses that looked for themes that ran through the PWP. They found three main themes:
1. All four PWP experienced negative speech side effects, including:
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