Patience and Well-being in Parkinson's Disease

There is a greater appreciation for a holistic approach to improving health. Research has found that the practice of mindfulness, perspective management, and facilitation of positive thinking can lead to better well-being. Although patience is not traditionally thought of as a primary mechanism for improving well-being, it has been found to serve as a buffer against emotions in stressful events, to facilitate adaptive coping and higher self-esteem, and to promote positive interpersonal engagement.  There is limited research that examines patience in the context of medical conditions, and patience has not been directly studied in the context of PD.
The objectives for this study are 1. to understand patience in the context of PD and clarify the relationship between patience and psychological well-being, and 2. to examine the relationship between patience and functional impairment on psychological outcome.

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