Adapting psychotherapy for older patients with Parkinson's disease

Knight, Bob, Dissanayaka N and Pachana, Nancy A. (2016) Adapting psychotherapy for older patients with Parkinson's disease. International Psychogeriatrics, 28 10: 1631-1636. doi:10.1017/S1041610216000569

Author Knight, Bob
Dissanayaka N
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Adapting psychotherapy for older patients with Parkinson's disease
Journal name International Psychogeriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-203X
Publication date 2016-04-07
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1041610216000569
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Issue 10
Start page 1631
End page 1636
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Emotional distress associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) increases disease burden and decreases functioning. The literature supports the benefits of psychological interventions for amelioration of emotional distress in persons with PD. The objective of this study is to apply the Contextual Adult Lifespan Theory for Adapting Psychotherapy (CALTAP) to enhancing psychological treatment for persons with PD.

Methods: This paper uses case examples to demonstrate the usefulness of the CALTAP model in helping patients and clinicians separate disease symptoms from the aging process. The examples also illustrate how working in this way can be beneficial in reducing emotional distress in persons with PD.

Results: CALTAP contributes to helping persons with PD and persons treating them understand the effects of the disease, separate disease effects from aging processes, and think through the influences of social context, cohort effects, and cultural differences.

The CALTAP model can guide adaptations to psychological interventions for emotional distress in PD and potentially improve their effects.
Keyword Anxiety
Parkinson's disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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