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What Are Neuroscience Nurses Teaching Parkinson's Patients and Families Before Deep Brain Stimulation?

Lanier, Elaine M.; Buffum, Martha D.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: February 2011 - Volume 43 - Issue 1 - p E1-E7
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e31820298fb

This study aims to determine the content of preoperative and postoperative patient education for deep brain stimulation-an increasingly popular procedure used globally-in an effort to guide standardization among nurses. The study used survey methodology with a convenience sample of nurses involved in a Veterans Administration cooperative study for patients with Parkinson's disease. Of the 19 study coordinators responding, 16 were nurses; education ranged from bachelor's to medical degrees; 90% teach 54% of the same preoperative content and 80% teach 23% of the same postoperative content; 95% provide education face to face; and 90% include family caregivers. Most address preoperative anxiety in all aspects of their education. Before standardizing content, future research should address patient and family perspectives about helpful content.

Martha D. Buffum, DNSc RN PMHCNS-BC, is an associate chief at the Nursing Service for Research, VA Medical Center, San Francisco, and an associate clinical professor, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Elaine M. Lanier, MS RN, at She is a clinical research manager at the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), VA Medical Center, San Francisco, and an assistant clinical professor at the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at San Francisco VA Medical Center.

© 2011 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses