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  1. Lee, JuHee PhD, APRN, RN
  2. Yoo, Yonju MSN, RN
  3. Ahn, Sangwoo MSN, RN
  4. Choi, MoonKi PhD, RN


It is important to fully appreciate perceptions of the physical, emotional, and social effects of Parkinson's disease (PD), which is progressive and complex. This is a qualitative study with focus group interviews to understand patients' challenges and needs relating to health care in PD. Thematic analyses were applied to analyze the qualitative data. There were 3 main themes, that is, "physical challenges," "psychosocial response," and "family relationships," and 8 subthemes. These findings suggest that health care providers should be aware of specific patients' difficulties and needs to provide timely and appropriate interventions for people with PD.