Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease

Ray, Robin, and Kavanagh, Anne (2014) Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. In: Chang, Esther, and Johnson, Amanda, (eds.) Chronic Illness and Disability: principles for nursing practice. Elsevier, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 329-350.

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[Extract] The three neurological diseases featured in this chapter - Parkinson's disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS) and motor neuron disease (MND) - are all progressive disorders of motor function, with sensory function also affected in MS. Additionally, each disease has specific non-motor symptoms. Study of these three neurological diseases reveals that they have some initial symptoms in common, especially those associated with movement, highlighting the need for careful diagnosis, Following a stressful and sometimes frustrating period of hypothesising and indecision, symptomatic people and their families are confronted with a devastating, often life-limiting diagnosis.

Progressive neurological diseases present unique lifestyle challenges for the person and their carers living in the community. Every case is different and each person has their own cultural and social understanding of illness, its impact and the eventual end-of-life process. People with the disease and their carers become very knowledgeable about disease management. This expertise must be recognised and valued by nurses and other members of the healthcare team (Forbes, While, & Taylor, 2007; Heisters, 2007). In this chapter, case studies have been provided to develop nurses' insight into the individual manner in which each disease may affect a person's life, their family and their relationships with the community.

Item ID: 30125
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-7295-4161-9
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 08:15
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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