Researchers at The University of Western Australia are seeking to interview health professionals involved in treating people with Parkinson's disease to investigate their experiences engaging with partners of those with Parkinson's.
Meredith Bolland, a Doctorate student in UWA's School of Psychology, said partners of people with Parkinson's had first-hand knowledge that was essential in providing effective care for their loved one.
"But through my research I've found that many partners of people with Parkinson's don't feel that health professionals take sufficient notice of their thoughts or observations when diagnosing and managing patients with Parkinson's," Ms Bolland said.
To follow up on these findings, Ms Bolland is now investigating the experiences of engagement from the perspective of health professionals.
She is looking for 12 to 20 health professionals, such as neurologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists, to take part in a confidential, one-off interview.
Those who are interested, or know someone who may be interested in participating, are asked to contact Meredith on 0414 511 037 or by email.
Meredith Bolland (UWA School of Psychology) (+61 4) 14 511 037
David Stacey (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716