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Research opportunity - hallucinations in Parkinson’s

Jul. 19, 2019

Participants are being sought for a Swinburne University study into unusual sensory experiences in Parkinson's

Unusual sensory experiences, at times termed hallucinations, can occur in any of our multiple senses, but commonly involve seeing images or hearing voices that others do not. This study aims to better understand such phenomena in Parkinson’s, to help inform future management and treatment approaches.

Researchers are seeking volunteers with:

  • A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
  • Hallucinations in one or more sensory modalities
  • Aged 40 to 75 years
  • Stable on medication for at least eight weeks

A brief telephone screen will be followed by a face-to face interview, involving collection of demographic and health information; questions on unusual sensory experiences and related beliefs; a cognitive assessment.

Participation will involve a single 4-hour session at Swinburne University, Hawthorn (or the hospital/clinic where you were recruited). There is flexibility for multiple shorter sessions, if preferred, and you will be reimbursed for your time.

Recruitment is now open and ongoing until December 2019.

This project is being conducted by researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, and was approved by the Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee.

For more information or to participate, please contact: Fran Beilharz on 0477 406 139 or Dr Wei Lin Toh on (03) 9214 8010 or on wtoh@swin.edu.au

 

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