Living with Parkinson’s disease and connected to the duodopa pump: A qualitative study

  • Yolanda María Chacón Gámez | Institute of Medical Bioethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Nikola Biller-Andorno Institute of Medical Bioethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland.


Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a complex and heterogeneous disease that has a major impact on the lives of patients and their family caregivers. The duodopa pump is one of the treatments options for advanced PD. The experience of patients with this treatment is largely unexplored, however. This study is based on the experiences of patients with PD as well as their family caregivers using the pump. We take a multimodal approach that includes narrative semi-structured interviews and drawings. This methodology helps participants, particularly those with difficulty articulating themselves, express their experience with the disease and their perception of the treatment. We believe that the use of drawings complementing semi-structured interviews offers additional insights into the participants’ perception of PD and the pump. In this article we focus on the following topics: the participants’ perception of PD and the pump, the reasons for choosing the pump over alternatives, and the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment for patients and family caregivers. Our findings show that the participants consider PD as a complex and unpredictable disease that changed their lives and affect everyone differently, while the pump makes the disease less changeable and more manageable.



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Original Articles
Parkinson's disease, duodopa pump, patients' perception, family caregivers' perception, drawings
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Chacón Gámez, Yolanda María, and Nikola Biller-Andorno. 2021. “Living With Parkinson’s Disease and Connected to the Duodopa Pump: A Qualitative Study”. Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare 4 (3).