Assessment of the role of companionship at a movement disorders clinic

Takeaway

  • In a movement disorders clinic, nearly two-thirds of visitors came with a companion, and Parkinson’s disease (PD) or parkinsonism syndrome was a main factor associated with bringing a companion to the clinic visit.

Why this matters

  • Companionship at clinic visits is higher in this cohort of individuals visiting a movement disorders clinic compared to other geriatric populations, suggesting the importance of companionship in this population and the need for studies assessing how companionship can improve quality of care.