Mindfulness based stress reduction in people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners.



Parkinson's Disease (PD) leads to poor quality of life and caregiver burden. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may improve these symptoms. We assessed the impact of a 9-week MBSR course on people with PD (PwP) and their care partners (CPs).


Participants completed questionnaires at screening, at the end of the course, and at 3-month follow-up: Parkinson's Disease Quality-39 (PDQ-39, PD only), Zarit Burden Inventory (ZBI, CP only) and Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS, both). The primary outcome measure was change in PDQ-39 (for PwP) or ZBI (for CP). Patient-reported scales were analyzed quantitatively; qualitative data on perceived effectiveness was collected.


53.8% PwP and 100% CPs completed the course. Among PwP, there was a significant reduction in MAAS(p < 0.001) and in PDQ-39 (p = 0.008). CPs experienced an increase in MAAS (p = 0.02) but no change in ZBI (p = 0.239). Qualitatively, both PwP and CPs expressed satisfaction with the course.


MBSR improves mindful awareness in CPs and improves health-related quality of life in PwP.





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Shah-Zamora, Deepal, Allison M Allen, Lacy Rardin, Margaret Ivancic, Katie Durham, Patrick Hickey, Jeffrey W Cooney, Burton L Scott, et al. (2021). Mindfulness based stress reduction in people with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 43. p. 101377. 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101377 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26235.

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