Analysis of Parkinson’s Disease Outpatient Counselling for Advance Directive Creation: A Cross-Sectional Questionnaire-Based Survey of German General Practitioners and Neurologists

Ida Jensen, Almut Bretschneider, Stephanie Stiel, Florian Wegner, Günter U. Höglinger, Martin Klietz

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Abstract

A major proportion of people with Parkinson’s disease (PwP) in Germany has written an advance directive (AD). Unfortunately, these ADs are unclear for PD-specific endpoints. We previously established consensus-based recommendations for disease-specific content of an AD in PwP. However, the implementation of those recommendations and the consulting of AD creation and modification in PwP remains to be evaluated. This study aimed to investigate the practical use of PD-specific recommendations for ADs in outpatient settings. A total of 87 physicians (45 general practitioners (GPs) and 42 neurologists, 10% response rate) answered a self-constructed semiquantitative questionnaire. The participants were asked to evaluate the suggested PD-specific recommendations for ADs and the supply of palliative care in the outpatient setting. Overall, the vast majority of treating physicians agreed on the usefulness of the newly constructed PD-specific recommendations. Consultations to discuss information about PD-specific ADs were scarce with short durations. Only 24% of participating physicians implemented the PD-specific recommendations in their daily practice. GPs and neurologists agreed on the benefit of disease-specific recommendations for ADs. In future, a more general integration of these recommendations in routine care might improve specific AD creation of PwP and advanced care planning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number749
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • PwP
  • advance care planning
  • advance directives
  • palliative medicine

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