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Neal Cook, Deirdre McNamee, Brian McFetridge, Pat Deeny
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Vol. 6, Iss. 6, 23 Aug 2010, pp 264 - 270

The results of the second phase of a research study into the perceived role of the Parkinson's disease (PD) nurse specialist in an area health board are presented and discussed in this article.
Aim: The aim of the second phase of the study was to further clarify the role of the PD nurse specialist and make recommendations for enhancing the role and improving services to those with PD and their families.
Method: Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were employed to determine the perceptions of the role of the PD nurse specialist. One hundred people with PD and 100 carers were sent questionnaires relating to different aspects of the role of the PD nurse specialist. Eight carers and 8 people with PD were interviewed using semi-structured questionnaires. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics, and qualitative data analysed for emerging themes and concepts.
Findings: The results illustrate the pivotal role that the PD nurse specialist has in enabling people with PD and their carers to live with the condition. Results are used to develop recommendations for future development of the role.

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