Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Nick Miller
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a review that has been published in its final definitive form by BMJ Publishing Group, 2017.
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© Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. This review looks at the nature and impact of communication changes in Parkinson’s disease, approaches to assessment and directions for intervention. This is especially important since medical and surgical interventions that help limb movement are largely ineffective, or even detrimental, for speech. Most people with Parkinson’s disease notice changes to their communication. Voice alters early on—even in the prodromal stage. Later, articulation may impair intelligibility further. These changes impact on mood and social participation. However, a full characterisation of communication changes in Parkinson’s must acknowledge that changes are far more pervasive and varied than a quiet voice. Communication is affected by marked dysprosody, cognitive-linguistic impairment, alterations to social interaction and pragmatics. Changes entail not just expressive elements but also receptive. A comprehensive evaluation of potential communication challenges faced by people with Parkinson’s disease must cover all these aspects. Similarly, interventions that ignore the breadth and depth of changes will always remain incomplete.
Author(s): Miller N
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Practical Neurology
Print publication date: 01/08/2017
Online publication date: 07/07/2017
Acceptance date: 01/04/2017
ISSN (print): 1474-7758
ISSN (electronic): 1474-7766
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group