Management of levodopa for residents with Parkinson’s disease

Linda Mages

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
JournalNursing older people
Volume28
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2016

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