Does a CO-OP treatment approach benefit adults with Parkinson’s Disease?

The study aims to investigate whether adults with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from an intervention called Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP). Possible benefits may include increased personal goal achievement; improved quality of life and confidence in daily living activities; and reduced experiences of cognitive symptoms such as disorganisation or forgetfulness. This study will be the first to evaluate the benefit of a CO-OP treatment approach for adults with Parkinson’s disease.

Who can participate?

We are looking for adults with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease who:

  • Live in the community in Greater Brisbane and are not dependent for personal care
  • Communicate in English; without hearing/visual impairment that affects communication
  • Have a tablet/computer with internet access
  • Are happy to have home visits for treatment
  • Have no other psychiatric, cognitive or neurological diagnoses

What will you be asked to do?

  • Online questionnaires 3 times during the study – before and after treatment, and 3 months after treatment has finished.
  • 10 weeks of face to face treatment sessions, carried out by an experienced Occupational Therapist. The treatment will involve one-hour appointments in your home where you work towards your goals using CO-OP.
  • You will be video recorded doing your goal activities 3 times during the study – before and after treatment, and 3 months after treatment has finished.
  • We also want to know your thoughts, feelings and ideas about the CO-OP treatment approach so would like to interview you about your experiences after your treatment sessions have finished. This interview will be audio recorded.
  • All occupational therapy services provided as part of the research project will be free of charge.
  • Duration of involvement in the study is 6-9 months.

Find out more:
If you are interested in participating in this study then please contact the following person:
Mrs Sarah Davies
Phone: (07) 3040 0846
Email: [email protected]

This project has been approved by the University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee 2020/HE002650

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