Management of levodopa for residents with Parkinson’s disease

Mages, Linda (2016) Management of levodopa for residents with Parkinson’s disease. Nursing Older People, 28 (9). pp. 23-30. ISSN 1472-0795

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Abstract

This article discusses the management of levodopa for older people who have Parkinson’s disease and live in nursing homes. It provides a detailed description of the diagnostic criteria and motor and non-motor clinical features. Against this clinical picture, the benefits and challenges of levodopa management are considered. A person-centred approach is championed, as it supports collaborative clinical assessment and decision making between nurses and residents.

To appreciate why a person-centred approach is important for safe and effective medication practice, the pharmacological basis of levodopa management is explained. An empowerment approach to medication management is advocated that facilitates self-medication by residents. To this end, the importance of continuing professional development for nursing home staff is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: levodopa, medication management, nursing homes, older people, Parkinson’s disease, person-centred care
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 13:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28624

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