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Call for Participants – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Caregivers post DBS for Parkinson’s Disease – Dr Philip Mosley

TITLE:                Psychotherapy for Caregivers after Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease
ID:                         UQ HREC No. 2018000542, UCH HREC No. 1806
Start Date:          9 March 2018
End Date:            9 March 2019
Researchers:      Dr Philip Mosley, Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka, Dr Deirdre Pye, Dr Rodney Marsh, Ms Kasia Robinson
Supervisor:         N/A
Ethics Approval:
                                 UnitingCare Health HREC and UQ HREC

Being a caregiver for a person with Parkinson’s disease is a very important role, but it may affect psychological, social, financial, physical and spiritual wellbeing, leading to feelings of fatigue and burnout. Moreover, caregivers may face a unique set of challenges after deep brain stimulation.

Researchers at the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation are aiming to improve the wellbeing of individuals who act as the caregiver of a person with Parkinson’s disease, following deep brain stimulation. Caregivers are invited to participate in an 8-week course of psychological therapy, with a focus on topics such as managing stress, improving self-care and challenging unhelpful thoughts. Sessions are conducted one-on-one either in person at St Andrew’s Place (Spring Hill) or via online video-conferencing.

In order to be involved participants must be able to complete the following:

  • Attend an initial screening to assess eligibility for the program.
  • Commit to a weekly one hour session for 8 consecutive weeks. Sessions conducted online will require access to a laptop, PC, or tablet with a microphone and reliable internet connection.
  • Complete a set of questionnaires before, during, and after the program to track progress.

For more information please contact Dr Philip Mosley, email: p.mosley@uq.edu.au

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