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Parkinson’s Disease
Volume 2017, Article ID 2652361, 4 pages
Research Article

The Level of Knowledge of Parkinson’s Disease among Nonprofessional Caregivers in a Movement Disorders Center in Turkey

1Department of Neurology, Erciyes University School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Biostatistics, Erciyes University School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Murat Gultekin; rt.ude.seyicre@niketlug

Received 14 November 2016; Revised 30 January 2017; Accepted 19 February 2017; Published 1 March 2017

Academic Editor: Peter Hagell

Copyright © 2017 Murat Gultekin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Only a few studies have been conducted to determine the level of knowledge among caregivers about Parkinson’s disease (PD). The aim of the current study was to determine the knowledge of PD among caregivers at a movement disorder clinic in Turkey. Methods. We conducted a questionnaire based interview with the subjects in a tertiary care neurology facility in Turkey. The questions were divided into two parts covering the symptomatology and treatment of PD. A questionnaire consisting of 10 questions was applied to the subjects who had to mark the correct option in a stipulated time. Results. Eighty caregivers were included in the study. The caregivers’ mean age was 47.94 years (SD = 12.40). There were 47 female caregivers (58.8%). The most well-known question was that the number of drugs given to the patient may vary with time (76.3%), whereas “the benefit noted in the patient’s treatment decreases over time” was the least known question (11.3%). Discussion. This study is the first in our country and shows the necessity to increase the knowledge of PD among caregivers and the public. Education programs may have a positive role in imparting knowledge to the caregivers of PD patients.