Partner: UQ Centre for Clinical Research (CCR)
CHOICE Project: Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment (APT)
Project Leaders: Professor Nancy Pachana and Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka
Project Coordinator Liaison: Dr Leander Mitchell
Anxiety is common in Parkinson’s disease (PD), and contributes to increased disability and poorer quality of life. PD research has predominantly focused on depressive disorders. Less attention has been given to anxiety, in spite of it presenting in up to 50% of PD patients. The relationship between anxiety syndromes and PD is not well understood. A better understanding of the phenomenon of anxiety in patients with PD is required to improve the accuracy of diagnosis of anxiety disorders in these patients, and to direct effective and targeted treatment strategies.
In our research and clinical training group, we aim to try to understand measuring, diagnosing and treating anxiety in patients with PD more effectively. We have several UQ Winter Scholars as well as UQ postgraduate clinical psychology students working with us to trial mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy strategies, in individual and group formats. We are also researching clinically relevant measures of anxiety for patients with PD.