Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease

During the past decade, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has evolved from a last-resort treatment for advanced / medication-resistant PD to an increasingly accepted surgical option to alleviate motor symptoms.  Current research indicates that between 10% and 15% of PD patients are appropriate candidates for DBS.  Presurgical psychological screening evaluations can clarify many important considerations, such as the degree to which PD-related depression, executive-functioning impairment, or other neuropsychological factors might impact DBS-candidates’ presurgical and postsurgical status.