A case study analysis of sleep disturbance in the Parkinson's disease patient with deep brain stimulation

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Wells, Tamara
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder and a leading cause of neurological disability in the older adult population. Historically, the research and treatment of PD has focused on the associated motor symptoms. Now the non-motor symptoms such as sleep disturbance are becoming an increased focus for researchers. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical intervention that has proven to be beneficial for PD motor symptom management. There are claims from the literature that DBS may assist with the phenomenon of sleep disturbance. A case study analysis was done to explore this concept in the DBS-PD patient population using the framework of the Symptom Management Theory. From the analysis of the subjective and objective data gathered it is clear that the phenomenon of sleep disturbance in this population is multifaceted and that DBS may play a role in managing the phenomenon of sleep disturbance for this population.
sleep disturbance, Parkinson's disease, deep brain stimulation