Impact of Depression on Progression of Impairment and Disability in Early Parkinson's Disease

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Background: Depression is one of the most common nonmotor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease (PD), yet the impact of depression on progression of disease is unclear. Objective: The aim of this study was to prospectively characterize the relationship between depressive symptoms and measures of disease progression in a large sample of patients with early, medically treated PD. Methods: Baseline and longitudinal Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scores from participants in the NINDS Exploratory Trials in PD Long Term Study 1 were correlated with changes in multiple measures of disease severity over 5 years. Multivariate analysis of predictors of change in BDI was performed. Results: Of 1,741 participants, 746 completed 5-year assessments and were included. Mean age was 62.00 years (standard deviation [SD]: 9.22) and mean disease duration was 1.69 years (SD, 1.16). Mean BDI score was 6.24 (SD, 5.02) at baseline and 8.57 (SD, 6.60) at 5 years. Baseline BDI score was strongly associated with rate of change in all examined measures of disease severity. In multivariate analysis, BDI 5-year change was associated with change in UPDRS Part I (excluding depression item; P < 0.01), 33-item Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (P < 0.01), EuroQOL Five Dimensional Questionnaire (P = 0.02), and Total Functional Capacity (P < 0.01), but was not associated with motor or cognitive measures. This model explained 68.8% of the variance 5-year change of the BDI score. Conclusions: Worse baseline BDI scores are associated with a decline in multiple measures of disease severity in PD. Worsening of BDI at 5 years was associated with worsening in UPDRS Part I and quality-of-life measures, but not with motor or cognitive measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalMovement Disorders Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • NET-PD
  • Parkinson's disease
  • beck depression inventory
  • depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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