The Influence of Spirituality on Family Management of Parkinson's Disease

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This study examined the role of spirituality in defining and managing Parkinson's disease (PD) for people with PD and their families. A content-analysis approach was used to interpret and analyze individual and family interviews from 27 families. Participants primarily were Caucasian dyads representing different geographic areas and socioeconomic statuses. Findings revealed that the ways persons with PD and their families managed the chronic illness were influenced by belief and faith, purpose and meaning, prayer, the support of family and friends, and hope. Healthcare providers need to understand the role of spirituality in influencing ways that persons with PD and their families define and manage the disease and to support people in their efforts.

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