Predictors of Speech Outcomes in Parkinson’s Patients with Deep Brain Stimulation

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By Heather Jeng

Usually, we SLPs in the SNF find ourselves reading clinical research within the field of speech-language pathology. This month, we’re taking an interdisciplinary perspective by checking out what some of our neurosurgeon & neuroscience colleagues have been focusing on regarding deep brain stimulation (DBS) and speech intelligibility.

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Cognitive Screens for People with Parkinson’s: All Are Not Created Equal

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By Heather Jeng

Do you know what cognitive screening tool is used in your local healthcare community to screen for cognitive deficits in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (IWPD)? Chances are, it’s the MMSE. This tool was suggested for physician office visit screenings for this population by the Task Force on Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease (part of Movement Disorders Society) back in 2007. The general guideline for physicians was not to pursue further cognitive assessment if the patient scored at least 26 on the MMSE.

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