Investigation of the treatment and living assistance needed by patients with young-onset Parkinson’s disease

Yumi Iwasa, Izumi Saito, Chieko Fujii

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This study assessed the symptoms, treatment, social systems use, and perception of living conditions of patients with young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD), and investigated the support needed by them. Method: Among the 252 people who completed our questionnaire, we defined YOPD patients as those diagnosed as young onset or those with onset at ≤40 years. The data were compared with others. Results: There were 24 patients with YOPD (9.5%) (average age: 61.7 years), with an average disease duration 6.4 years longer (p < 0.01) and time until diagnosis 0.7 years longer (p < 0.1) than those of other patients. This group took 1.6 times more types of medicines, and time to their next appointment was 8.6 days shorter than that of other patients (p < 0.05). Patients with YOPD had more pulsive walking and more sweating (p < 0.05), and more motor fluctuation (p < 0.1). More patients with YOPD had a physical disability certificate but felt they were not obtaining the required services (p < 0.05). 45.0% of the YOPD group wanted to work more, more used information and communication equipment (p < 0.05), and more felt their medications were adequate (p < 0.1). Conclusions: Increased awareness of YOPD is needed. YOPD patients have motor fluctuation because of the longer disease duration. Thus, the support of doctors and nurses, and frequent examination visits, are indispensable for controlling symptoms to achieve middle age developmental tasks. Increased support for care-giving, leisure-time activities, and work is also necessary and may help maintain the desire to work in this group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E180-E188
JournalKobe Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Desire to work
  • Developmental tasks
  • Juvenile Parkinsonism
  • Motor fluctuation
  • Young-onset Parkinson’s disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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