Professionals' Treatment Preferences in the Prodromal Phase of Parkinson's Disease: A Discrete Choice Experiment

Lieneke Van Den Heuvel*, Wibe Hoefsloot, Bart Post, Marjan J. Meinders, Bastiaan R. Bloem, Anne M. Stiggelbout, Janine A. Van Til

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Background: In Parkinson's disease (PD), several disease-modifying treatments are being tested in (pre-)clinical trials. To successfully implement such treatments, it is important to have insight into factors influencing the professionals' decision to start disease-modifying treatments in persons who are in the prodromal stage of PD. Objective: We aim to identify factors that professionals deem important in deciding to a start disease-modifying treatment in the prodromal stage of PD. Methods: We used a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to elicit preferences of neurologists and last-year neurology residents regarding treatment in the prodromal phase of PD. The DCE contained 16 hypothetical choice sets in which participants were asked to choose between two treatment options. The presented attributes included treatment effect, risk of severe side-effects, risk of mild side-effects, route of administration, and annual costs. Results: We included 64 neurologists and 18 last year neurology residents. Participants attached most importance to treatment effect and to the risk of severe side-effects. Participants indicated that they would discuss one of the presented treatments in daily practice more often in persons with a high risk of being in the prodromal phase compared to those with a moderate risk. Other important factors for deciding to start treatment included the amount of evidence supporting the putative treatment effect, the preferences of the person in the prodromal phase, and the life expectancy. Conclusion: This study provides important insights in factors that influence decision making by professionals about starting treatment in the prodromal phase of PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1655-1664
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Parkinson's disease
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Decision making
  • disease-modifying treatment
  • Parkinson's disease
  • prodromal PD
  • professional's preference


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