Screening for undiagnosed parkinsonism in people aged 65 years and over in the community

Kate Sophia Mary Taylor, Carl Edward Counsell, Clare Elizabeth Harris, Joanna Clodagh Gordon

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Abstract

We screened a random sample of 2449 people aged 65 years and over for undiagnosed parkinsonism, using a postal screening questionnaire followed by clinical neurological assessment. Amongst the 1556 (63.5%) patients who responded, four patients with previously undiagnosed parkinsonism were identified, suggesting a prevalence of 257 per 100,000 (95% CI 70, 658) in this age-group. Although only small, the numbers were sufficient to significantly increase the incidence of parkinsonism in an incidence study. Two simple screening questions achieved a high sensitivity for newly diagnosed parkinsonism of 95%, but a low specificity of 28%. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-85
Number of pages6
JournalParkinsonism & Related Disorders
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • parkinsonism
  • screening
  • community
  • older adults
  • incidence
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • OLDER-PEOPLE
  • DISEASE
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • POPULATION
  • EQ-5D

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Screening for undiagnosed parkinsonism in people aged 65 years and over in the community. / Taylor, Kate Sophia Mary; Counsell, Carl Edward; Harris, Clare Elizabeth; Gordon, Joanna Clodagh.

In: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, Vol. 12, No. 2, 03.2006, p. 79-85.

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Taylor, Kate Sophia Mary ; Counsell, Carl Edward ; Harris, Clare Elizabeth ; Gordon, Joanna Clodagh. / Screening for undiagnosed parkinsonism in people aged 65 years and over in the community. In: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 2006 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 79-85.
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