City Research Online

Identifying barriers to help seeking for non-motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease

Hurt, C. S., Rixon, L., Chaudhuri, K. R. , Moss-Morris, R., Samuel, M. & Brown, R. (2016). Identifying barriers to help seeking for non-motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Health Psychology, 24(5), pp. 561-571. doi: 10.1177/1359105316683239


Non-motor Symptoms (NMS) of Parkinson’s disease (PD) have a significant impact on quality of life. Despite this many NMS remain unreported by patients and consequently untreated. The present study explored barriers to help-seeking using two theoretical frameworks, the Common Sense Model of illness and Theoretical Domains Framework. 20 Participants completed semi-structured interviews to explore symptom beliefs and help-seeking behaviour. Uncertainty about the relationship of NMS to PD and lack of clarity around treatments were common. Embarrassment and communication difficulties were common for potentially sensitive symptoms such as sexual dysfunction. Symptom perceptions and beliefs about help-seeking acted as barriers to reporting NMS.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2016
Publisher Keywords: illness perceptions, health behaviour, theories, beliefs, health psychology, chronic illness
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
SWORD Depositor:
[thumbnail of NMS Help Seeking JHP Revision Accepted Version.pdf]
Text - Accepted Version
Download (542kB) | Preview


Add to AnyAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to PinterestAdd to Email


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login