Parkinson's disease: Addressing health care practitioners' automatic responses to hypomimia

Mary Lu Anne Lilly, Melinda Hermanns, Deborah L. Dallam, Amal Soomro

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Hypomimia/reduced facial mobility in individuals living with Parkinson's disease can lead to negative impressions and judgments by nurse practitioners and other health care practitioners. Negative impressions and judgments can affect the quality of an episode of care. To attenuate automatic judgments, nurse practitioners must self-monitor and correct, recognizing that hypomimia is due to an underlying neurological condition and does not provide information on the personality or character of the person living with Parkinson's. Nurse practitioners can integrate inquiries that go beyond a problem focused approach to include questions about pleasurable, positive events in the life of a person living with Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-680
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Volume33
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 7 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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