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Special Issue "Mental Health and Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease Patients"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2023 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alfonsina D'Iorio
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 81100 Caserta, Italy
Interests: neuropsychology and cognitive psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Quality of life (QoL) refers to a state of general well-being that comprises objective descriptors and subjective evaluations of physical, material, social and emotional well-being. In Parkinson’s disease (PD), QoL has been found to be reduced not only by motor symptoms, but also by a wide range of non-motor symptoms, especially cognitive deficits and neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., apathy and depression). These symptoms can profoundly impact the patient’s daily activities, causing severe disability. It is widely known that the effect of the psychological burden on the quality of life in PD patients is even greater than the severity of the disease itself. As a consequence, PD patients need psychological intervention, in addition to any pharmacological treatment, in order to improve their QoL.

The goal of this Special Issue is to present the most recent and advanced research on the main determinants of a good quality of life in PD patients, its improvement possibilities, and on new QoL measures.

We will accept empirical articles, theoretical proposals, or scientific reviews that can provide new insights into mental health and QoL in PD patients. 

Dr. Alfonsina D'Iorio
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Parkinson’s disease
  • quality of life
  • mental health
  • non-motor symptoms
  • QoL measures
  • QoL improvement

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