The impact of sex and gender on the multidisciplinary management of care for persons with Parkinson's disease

Irene Göttgens, Angelika van Halteren , Nienke M. de Vries, Marjan Meinders, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Bastiaan R Bloem, Sirwan Darweesh*, Sabine Oertelt-Prigione*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The impact of sex and gender on disease incidence, progression and provision of care has gained increasing attention in many areas of medicine. Biological factors–sex–and sociocultural and behavioral factors–gender–greatly impact on health and disease. While sex can modulate disease progression and response to therapy, gender can influence patient-provider communication, non- pharmacological disease management and need for assistance. Sex and gender issues are especially relevant in chronic progressive diseases, such as Parkinson´s disease (PD), because affected patients
require multidisciplinary care for prolonged periods of time. In this perspective paper, we draw from evidence in the field of PD and various other areas of medicine to address how sex and gender could impact PD care provision. We highlight examples for which differences have been reported and
formulate research topics and considerations on how to optimise the multidisciplinary care of persons with PD.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Volume(2020)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Sex Factors
  • Gender
  • Disease Progression
  • Phenotype
  • Male
  • Female
  • Caregivers

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