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Social Support and Parkinson's Disease: Another Dimension of Well-being

Social support for PWP is complex and can be adversely impacted by symptoms of PD, including motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms such as changes in speech, cognition, psychiatric factors, and fatigue. Quality of and satisfaction with social support can have a significant impact on psychological well-being and quality of life. Furthermore, caregiver and patient quality of life are closely linked. Understanding concepts related to social support and the quality of relationships for PWP is of great importance. The objective of the present study is to deepen our understanding about social support from the perspective of PWP, particularly as it relates to gender, age and disease duration.

 

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