Social work, Parkinson’s disease care, and COVID-19

Lisa D. Zerden, Ting Guan, Jessica Shurer, Linda Kreitzer, Elaine Book

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Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease affecting over 10 million people worldwide. Interdisciplinary teams provide integrated care to people with Parkinson’s Disease, including care for non-motor symptoms such as anxiety and depression, and many of these teams include social workers. This study sought to learn more about (a) clinical social work utilization across the continuum of care of PWP and their family care partners and (b) how patterns in utilization and service provision have shifted during the pandemic. This mixed method study identifies the breadth of roles performed by social workers in the comprehensive care of people with Parkinson’s Disease (PWP). Findings underscore the important roles social workers play in providing comprehensive care for PWP and their families and their contributions to interdisciplinary teams providing holistic, integrated care, particularly during COVID-19 and into the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-157
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • comprehensive care
  • interdisciplinary
  • interprofessional teams
  • non-motor
  • social work
  • social work roles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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