Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


The goal of the study was to enhance the PD patient’s caregiver’s ability to provide quality care to meet the ever changing needs of a neurodegenerative medical condition along with enhancing quality of life indicators of the caregiver. The community based program covered 7 topics over 4 consecutive weeks. The project design was an experimental one group pre and posttest design. The outcome measurement tool was the Parkinson Caregiver QOL Index. Data was analyzed utilizing a paired t-test for individual questions and the total score on the Parkinson Caregiver QOL Scale. No statistical significance was found between pretest and posttest scores. However, positive improvements were noted on specific components of the scale. Additionally, caregivers self-reported that the course provided valuable and insightful information that will aid both the caregiver and the person with PD. Caregiver burdens and demands are expected to grow as our population ages and chronic conditions are medically managed for longer periods of time. It is essential, that occupational therapists continue to engage in developing research and methods that serve as a guide on best practices to meet the ever changing burdens and demands placed onto the caregiver.

Faculty Mentor

Casey Humphrey

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Renee Causey-Upton

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


Special Thank you to Eastern Kentucky University, American Parkinson Association, Oakwood Village

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