Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Kathy Hager, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE
Michael C. Park, MD, PhD
Paul Loprinzi, PhD
Lynette Galloway, DNP, APRN, PNP-BC, FNP-C
Purpose: This project studied a specific group of patients with Parkinson’s disease to: determine if they were asked to verbalize expectations of DBS pre-operatively; determine if patient expectations were met post-operatively; gain information that could aid in improved pre-operative patient education for deep brain stimulation (DBS), address unrealistic expectations before surgery, and meet patient expectations post-operatively.
Methodology: This study was a retrospective, single academic center, two-part design that included a questionnaire and chart review of 29 patients. Those included were patients with Parkinson’s disease who had DBS programming at the academic center, between the years 2007 and 2014.
Results: Discrepancy was observed between expectations discussed, with 71.4% (SEM-8.7%) indicating they had been asked to verbalize expectations pre-operatively, compared to only 48.3% (SEM-9.4) of charts reviewed having documentation of pre-operative patient expectation discussions. One hundred percent of the sample were in at least some agreement that DBS met overall post-operative expectations, but only 46.4% (SEM-9.6%) were in complete agreement.
Conclusions: Overall, DBS patients’ expectations were met to some degree; however, pre-op education should focus on what DBS does and does not improve, patients’ expectations should be verbalized both pre and post-operatively, and documentation of expectations and education should be included in the patient chart.
Knoop, Colleen D. DNP-C, "Gap in Patient Expectations of Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones. 17.