This article gives an overview of Parkinson's disease, a common neurological disorder. Inpatient care at Boston University Medical Center is discussed, stressing the importance of a comprehensive team approach to the patient with moderate to severe parkinsonism. Management of the patient during a drug holiday is discussed. A case history including a nursing care plan is presented. Guidelines, protocols, and nursing care standards for the care of the patient with parkinsonism are discussed.19
Questions or comments regarding this article may be directed to Margaret C. Lannon at: Boston University School of Nursing, 635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. She is an instructor in rehabilitation nursing in the Department of Advanced Studies in Medical-Surgical Rehabilitation Nursing.
Cathi-Ann Thomas is coordinator of the Parkinson's Disease Program at Boston University Medical Center. Maria Bratton is head nurse of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit, University Hospital, Boston. Miriam G. Jost is coordinator of program evaluation and documentation review, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston. Patricia Lockhart-Pretti is director of case management at Greenery Head Injury Rehabilitation Center, Brighton, Mass.
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