Mediterranean Eating for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: An Evidence-Based Dietary Educational Intervention
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Parkinson’s disease requires holistic management to improve the quality of life in affected persons and prevent complications associated with other comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease. The purpose of this pilot, quasi-experimental, evidence-based improvement project was to assess if implementing a Mediterranean diet educational measure in patients 55 to 85 years of age with Parkinson’s disease improves post-intervention Mediterranean Diet food intake questionnaire, and Patient Rated Outcomes for Parkinson’s Disease scores compared to pre-intervention Mediterranean Diet food intake questionnaire and Patient Rated Outcomes for Parkinson’s Disease scores over four weeks at a community center for Parkinson’s disease. There were 11 total participants in the evidence-based dietary educational intervention. Post-intervention survey results revealed a greater adherence to Mediterranean style eating patterns and demonstrated improvements to Patient Rated Outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease scores. This educational intervention aims to broaden the spectrum of evidence-based care to include the delivery of holistic dietary measures in a special patient population.
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