Optimizing care of residents with Parkinsonism in supervised facilities Academic Article uri icon


  • People with Parkinsonism (PWP) in residential facilities are usually elderly, cognitively impaired, physically disabled with poor quality of life and a high mortality rate. This paper aims to determine if the care of PWP in residential facilities could be improved by addressing staff knowledge on Parkinson related issues. A curriculum based on the Victorian Comprehensive Parkinson Program (VCPP) was developed and delivered to 118 staff members in 9 facilities across Melbourne. Measures of staff knowledge were undertaken at baseline, 1, 3 and 12 months. Data from a total of 49 residents were used in the analysis. Measures were taken at baseline, 1, 3 and 12 months included dementia screen (MMSE), geriatric depression scale (GDS), quality of life (PDQ39), fatigue (PDFS16), monthly falls diary, Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (I,II,III) Hoehn & Yahr scale (H&Y) and resident/family questionnaire (RFQ) which focused on quality of care provision. It was found that the staff knowledge assessment scores (max = 37) significantly improved post education (P < 0.01) from baseline mean (11.1) and were maintained to 12 months mean (29.0). The residents group improved significantly for all measures at 1 month and these improvements were maintained up to 12 months (except for UPDRS III). This study demonstrated how a simple intervention, resulting in improved staff knowledge, produced a significant and clinically meaningful improvement in the care of PWP.

publication date

  • June 2010