Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Original Article

An analysis of application form of Parkinson's disease provided by the specific diseases treatment research program of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan

Akira Taniguchi, M.D.1), Yugo Narita, M.D.2), Yutaka Naito, M.D.1) and Shigeki Kuzuhara, M.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Mie University School of Medicine
2)Medical Care Networking Center, Mie University Hospital

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan has funded special research programs to investigate etiology and treatment of intractable neurodegenerative diseases. Individual health-care expenditures for registered patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) (Hoehn and Yahr Stage 3-5) have been evaluated by the government. The total number of patients registered with a diagnosis of degenerative parkinsonism including PD, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration (CBD) was 75,026 in 2004. We analyzed the data from a survey of application forms completed by 23,058 PD patients, which had been entered into the MHLW's computer. The male to female ratio was 1:1.47, and the mean ages of all patients at registration and at onset were 71.3 years and 62.7 years, respectively. Incidence of young-onset Parkinson's disease was 2.7% of all PD patients. The percentage of PD patients at Hoehn and Yahr Stage 3 was 48.8%, at Stage 4, 23.1%, and at Stage 5, 25.2%. About 60% of patients resided at home, whereas 20% were admitted into the hospital and 20% into a nursing home. The percentages of patients with diurnal fluctuations, dyskinesia and psychotic symptoms were 37.3%, 16.8% and 18.4%, respectively. Ages of patients at registration and at disease onset who presented with diurnal fluctuations and dyskinesia were typically younger and the duration of disease was longer than for those presented without them (p<0.0001). Patients with psychotic symptoms were older and the duration of disease was longer than those without them (p<0.0001). Ages of patients receiving ablative surgery were younger than those who received deep brain stimulation (DBS) (57.4 versus 63.1 years, p<0.01). Approximately 70% of all the patients who underwent stereotactic surgeries were treated within 10 years from onset. The percentage of patients with feeding tube was 6.6%, and the age at registration was older (75.6 versus 71.0 years, p<0.0001) and duration of disease was longer (11.0 versus 8.4 years, p<0.0001) in patients with feeding tube than in patients with oral feeding. This is the first analysis of results from the survey of questionnaire for PD provided by MHLW.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 48: 106|113, 2008)
key words: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, specific diseases treatment research program, application form, Parkinson's disease, epidemiology

(Received: 23-Feb-07)