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Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease
  1. I Leroi1,
  2. A Burns2
  1. 1Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust/University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor A Burns
 Department of Psychiatry, University of Manchester, Room PBS 18, 2nd Floor, Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; alistair.burns{at}manchester.ac.uk

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Assessment of behavioural and psychological symptoms is important in brain disorders

The recognition that psychiatric symptoms and behavioural disturbances are important in organic brain disorders has grown inexorably over the past 15 years. Their contribution to carer stress and institutionalisation is well recognised.1 More specifically, in Parkinson’s disease, researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to include the assessment of behavioural and psychological symptoms as important outcome measures in clinical trials, and clinicians are starting to recognise the need to identify and manage these symptoms in addition to focusing on the motor symptoms and …

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