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Sperens, M. (2019). Att leva med Parkinsons sjukdom: med fokus på konsekvenser i dagligt liv för kvinnor och män. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att leva med Parkinsons sjukdom: med fokus på konsekvenser i dagligt liv för kvinnor och män
2019 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common, progressive neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterized by motor symptoms, such as stiff muscles, slowness of movements, tremor, gait and balance difficulties, and also by non-motor symptoms such as depression, sleeping disorders, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, cognitive decline and pain. In an advanced stage of the disease, dementia can be developed. The disease occurs in all ethnic groups and affects both women and men. In 2016, the world wide prevalence of PD was estimated to 6.1 million people (2.9 million women, 3.1 men). In Sweden there are currently about 20 000 persons diagnosed with PD. There is no cure for PD. The main goal of treatment is for the patient to achieve best possible quality of life. The basic treatment for PD is oral medication, but for some, with a more advanced disease, alternative ways to distribute medicine, and/or neurosurgery (deep brain stimulation, DBS) may be an alternative. Today, there is an increasing awareness of the need of medical research, based on sex/gender. Among those living with PD, more men than women undergo highly specialised treatment with neurosurgery, even though women after surgery experienced greater benefit in ADL, in emotions and in social life. In a progressive disease as PD, changes in ADL can appear both suddenly and gradually. Earlier studies have shown that PD affects ADL already in an early stage of the disease, and also that maintenance of activities is important for well-being in daily life.

The overall aim of this thesis was to gain knowledge of daily life among women and men with Parkinson’s disease and to explore how they relate to and manage aspects of consequences of the disease. The specific aims were to investigate how persons with moderately advanced Parkinson’s disease manage consequences of the disease in their daily life, how they reason about DBS as a treatment alternative, to evaluate the development of ADL over time in persons living with PD, from the time of diagnosis up to eight years, and finally, to explore similarities and differences among women and men.

Method: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 24 persons with PD (PwPD), 14 men and 10 women. The interviews were analysed according to Grounded Theory (GT). Comparisons between patterns in men and women were made. The quantitative study included 129 PwPD from the NYPUM project (Ny Parkinsonism in UMeå). Data from baseline assessment, and then from follow-ups at one, three, five and eight years have been used. Participants estimated their ability to perform daily activities based on the ADL-taxonomy. Data have been analysed statistically with respect to development over time, as well as differences between men and women. Linear Mixed Model was chosen for analyses.

Results: To achieve the best possible everyday life, in spite of the difficulties PD caused, it was important for the participants to adapt to their medication regime and also to ongoing changes in their abilities. The interviewees tried to think in a positive way, prioritize among social relations and activities, to take advantage of positive environments and to exercise physically. Participants had a good knowledge of DBS as an alternative treatment method although it was not their choice at the actual time point. They worried about the neurosurgical procedure and were hesitant about the outcome of DBS. The treatment was seen as a step-way process, and DBS was seen as the last option. In the quantitative study, nine out of 12 activity domains showed a statistically significant change over time. Seven of these were basic, needed to be performed almost every day. The two remaining ADL-domains (Shopping and Cleaning) also showed a statistically significant difference between women and men, showing that women experienced a higher degree of detoriation. Those 32 remaining at eight years, still fulfilling the ADL-taxonomy, did not seem to experience that PD had a big impact on their ADL-ability. Overall, in these studies, there were more similarities than differences between women and men.

Discussion: Our results support the importance of PwPD maintain routines regarding food, medicine and daily activities, adapt their way to perform tasks, and engage in meaningful and values activities as a way to achieve a good, daily life. Occupational therapists with good knowledge in PD could contribute in facilitating to use this strategies. Concerning DBS, the participants had comparatively low expectations on the outcome. This might be explained by a high level of education and a high percentage being member in a PD-society. Of the nine ADL domains showing change over time, seven were likely to be needed to be performed every day (e.g. Mobility and Dressing). The two remaining, (Shopping and Cleaning) are activities that are challenging for PwPD. They are also such activities where it is generally known that there are differences between women and men.

Conclusion: Various aspects of activity appear to be important factors in the assessment, treatment and follow-up of PwPD. Meaningful activities, adapting the way of performing various tasks, as well as a functioning schedule based on food, medicines and activity are important elements in the strive for a good daily life. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) seems to be considered as the last step in a step-by-step approach to treatment options. Those who still perform self-assessment according to the ADL taxonomy at eight years follow-up, do not seem to experience that PD have a major impact on their perceived ability. The results also implies that men and women have a similar development over time regarding ADL ability and that they reason in a similar way with regard to strategies for achieving good daily life and about deep DBS as a treatment option.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2019. p. 79
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 2041
Keywords
Parkinson’s disease, Gender, Occupational Therapy, DBS, Grounded Theory, Longitudinal study, Parkinsons sjukdom, genus, arbetsterapi
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158984 (URN)978-91-7855-082-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-12, Aulan,, Vårdvetarhuset, Umeå, 09:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-16 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Sperens, M., Hamberg, K. & Hariz, G.-M. (2018). Challenges and strategies among women and men with Parkinson's disease: striving toward joie de vivre in daily life. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(12), 700-708
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2018 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 81, no 12, p. 700-708Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: To offer people with Parkinson's disease optimal occupational therapy, it is important to have a detailed understanding of how they manage everyday life. The aims of this study were to explore how people with Parkinson's disease manage the effect of the disease on everyday life and to investigate gender similarities and differences concerning this issue.

Method: We interviewed 24 people with Parkinson's disease (14 men), at a mean of 8 years after diagnosis. The interviews were analysed according to Grounded Theory.

Findings: 'Striving to maintain a good everyday life' was established as a core category. To overcome obstacles caused by the disease, the interviewees struggled with perpetual adaptation to the medication regime and ongoing changes in their abilities. To achieve best possible everyday life, it was essential to keep their own spirit up; for example, by prioritising valued occupations. Women and men contributed to all categories and used the same strategies.

Conclusion: Men and women with Parkinson's disease used the same strategies to manage daily life challenges. Our findings support the relevance of disease-specific occupational therapy interventions focusing on the individual fit between person, environment and occupation, and highlight the need for joyful occupations to attain a satisfactory daily life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
Parkinson's disease, occupational therapy, activity of daily living, coping strategies, quality of life, gender
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154900 (URN)10.1177/0308022618770142 (DOI)000452512500004 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5833Swedish Research Council, 2012-5210
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Sperens, M., Hamberg, K. & Hariz, G.-M. (2017). Are Patients Ready for "EARLYSTIM"?: Attitudes towards Deep Brain Stimulation among Female and Male Patients with Moderately Advanced Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's Disease, Article ID 1939831.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Are Patients Ready for "EARLYSTIM"?: Attitudes towards Deep Brain Stimulation among Female and Male Patients with Moderately Advanced Parkinson's Disease
2017 (English)In: Parkinson's Disease, ISSN 2090-8083, E-ISSN 2042-0080, article id 1939831Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To explore, in female and male patients with medically treated, moderately advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), their knowledge and reasoning about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

Methods: 23 patients with PD (10 women), aged 46- 70, were interviewed at a mean of 8 years after diagnosis, with open-ended questions concerning their reflections and considerations about DBS. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed according to the difference and similarity technique in Grounded Theory.

Results: From the patients' narratives, the core category "Processing DBS: balancing symptoms, fears and hopes" was established. The patients were knowledgeable about DBS and expressed cautious and well considered attitudes towards its outcome but did not consider themselves ill enough to undergo DBS. They were aware of its potential side-effects. They considered DBS as the last option when oral medication is no longer sufficient. There was no difference between men and women in their reasoning and attitudes towards DBS.

Conclusion: This study suggests that knowledge about the pros and cons of DBS exists among PD patients and that they have a cautious attitude towards DBS. Our patients did not seem to endorse an earlier implementation of DBS, and they considered that it should be the last resort when really needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2017
Keywords
Parkinson's disease, DBS, gender
National Category
Neurology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134831 (URN)10.1155/2017/1939831 (DOI)000399239900001 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-5833Swedish Research Council, 2012-5210
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-16Bibliographically approved
Sperens, M., Munkholm, M. & Fisher, A. G. (2012). Gender differences in quality of schoolwork task performance among typically developing students and students at risk for or with mild disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19(1), 9-16
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender differences in quality of schoolwork task performance among typically developing students and students at risk for or with mild disabilities
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 9-16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: As no studies have examined for gender differences in quality of schoolwork task performance, the purpose of this study was to examine whether there is a gender difference in quality of schoolwork task performance among students at risk of or with mild disabilities, and to compare any identified differences to those that might exist among their typically developing peers.

Methods: The participants were 2510 students (typically developing = 412 girls, 422 boys; at risk = 147 girls, 379 boys; mild = 242 girls, 901 boys), 4-10 years of age. Schoolwork task performance was measured using the School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS).

Results: Regression analyses revealed no significant gender or age-by-gender interaction effects for any of the three groups (typically developing, at risk, mild).

Interpretation: The results, focused on occupational performance, complement prior research that has focused on examining for gender differences in behaviour, academic achievement, and coordination among students with mild disabilities. These results also suggest that current School AMPS normative values, based on combined gender means, are valid.

Keywords
occupationaltherapy, rasch measurement, school version of the assessment of motor and process skilla, test bias/fairness
National Category
Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42950 (URN)10.3109/11038128.2010.533189 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-04-15 Created: 2011-04-15 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Sperens, M., Georgiev, D., Eriksson Domellöf, M., Forsgren, L., Hamberg, K. & Hariz, G.-M. Activities of daily living in men and women with Parkinson’s disease: eight-year prospective longitudinal study.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Activities of daily living in men and women with Parkinson’s disease: eight-year prospective longitudinal study
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159020 (URN)
Available from: 2019-05-16 Created: 2019-05-16 Last updated: 2019-05-16
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