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2024 Feb 03

Brain Res Bull


Statistical Analysis and Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Assessing Pain Experience, Pain-Induced Disability, and Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease Patients.


Conte L, Lupo R, Lezzi P, Pedone A, Rubbi I, Lezzi A, Vitale E, Fasano A, De Nunzio G


The Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative condition characterized by motor symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia, which can significantly impact various aspects of daily life. Among these aspects, pain is a prominent element. Despite the widespread use of therapies aimed at improving symptoms and quality of life, effective pain management is essential to enhance the quality of life of individuals affected by this disease. However, a detailed understanding of the factors associated with pain in PD is still evolving. In this study, we examined the disability caused by pain and the pain experienced by PD patients using two validated questionnaires, namely the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ) and the King’s Parkinson’s Disease Pain Questionnaire (KPPQ). Customized questions were also included to further explore the pain experience and management strategies adopted by PD patients. Through statistical analysis, we explored the relationships between questionnaire scores, socio-demographic data, and other relevant variables. Additionally, generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) was employed to gain a deeper understanding of patient responses. The results indicate the extent and impact of pain in PD and provide valuable insights for more targeted and personalized management. This study lays the foundation for future research and the development of interventions aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals affected by this condition.