Annals of Movement Disorders

ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112--117

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders


Kempaiah Rakesh, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Valakkunja Harikrishna Ganaraja, Nitish Kamble, Vikram V Holla, Ravi Yadav, Pramod Kumar Pal 
 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Hosur Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Pramod Kumar Pal
Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Hosur Road, Bangalore - 560029, Karnataka
India

Introduction: The coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic is a global health crisis that has directly and indirectly impacted almost all populations globally. In this study, we aimed to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on motor and nonmotor symptoms in patients with various movement disorders who visited our outpatient department. Materials and Methods: We conducted a prospective study using a structured questionnaire involving patients who visited our outpatient department during the COVID-19 pandemic from May 2020 to April 2021. The study was conducted at the Department of Neurology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore. Results: A total of 208 patients with the following disorders were assessed: Parkinson’s disease (n = 141), atypical parkinsonism (n = 31), dystonia (n = 15), Wilson’s disease (n = 5), and other disorders (n = 16). Approximately, 3.5% of the patients had acquired the COVID-19 infection. Almost 80% of the patients had missed scheduled appointments with their physicians during this study period due to travel restrictions or the fear of traveling. Approximately, 50% of the patients experienced worsening of their motor and nonmotor symptoms. Approximately, 25% of patients availed teleconsultation facilities, and majority of them found it to be equivalent to or better than in-person consultation. Almost 80% of the patients were eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in worsening of both motor and nonmotor symptoms in patients with movement disorders. Teleconsultation is a helpful option in managing the patients’ symptoms during the pandemic.


How to cite this article:
Rakesh K, Bhattacharya A, Ganaraja VH, Kamble N, Holla VV, Yadav R, Pal PK. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.Ann Mov Disord 2022;5:112-117


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Rakesh K, Bhattacharya A, Ganaraja VH, Kamble N, Holla VV, Yadav R, Pal PK. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Ann Mov Disord [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 4 ];5:112-117
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