Could telemedicine be used to combat depression in Parkinson’s patients?

Written by Alice Bough (Future Science Group)

A group of researchers from Rutgers University (NJ, USA) has determined that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), conducted over the phone, can reduce moderate depression to mild depression in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The results of the study, published in Neurology, suggest that CBT can have a beneficial effect on Parkinson’s patients, even once the treatment course has been completed. Depression is reported to affect up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease. “The psychological complications of Parkinson’s disease have a greater impact on the quality of life and overall functioning than the motor symptoms of the disease,” explained lead author...

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