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Parkinson's Impact Scale (PIMS)
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Classification
Supplemental: Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Short Description of Instrument
The Parkinson’s Impact Scale (PIMS) is a 10 item scale that measures the impact of Parkinson’s disease on everyday life. This disease specific, quality of life measure can be completed by the subject or by an interviewer and is intended for patients but has been validated for caregivers as well.
The PIMS has four domains: physical aspects of disease (5 items), psychological aspects (2 items), social aspects (2 items) and sexuality (2 items).
Scoring
Each item is scored on a scale of 0–4 with 4 indicating the most severe impact and 0 indicating no change.
Comments/Special Instructions
N/A.
References
Calne S, Schulzer M, Mak E, Guyette C, Rohs G, Hatchard S, . . . Pegler S. Validating a quality of life rating scale for idiopathic parkinsonism: Parkinson's Impact Scale (PIMS). Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 1996; 2(2), 55–61. Erratum: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders Vol. 2 No. 4, p. 237.
 
Calne SM, Mak E, Hall J, Fortin MJ, King P, McInnes G, . . . Schulzer M. Validating a quality-of-life scale in caregivers of patients with Parkinson's disease: Parkinson's Impact Scale (PIMS). Adv Neurol. 2003; 91, 115–122.
 
Schulzer M, Mak E,& Calne SM. The psychometric properties of the Parkinson's Impact Scale (PIMS) as a measure of quality of life in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2003; 9(5), 291–294.
 
Serrano-Duenas M, & Serrano S. Psychometric characteristics of PIMS--compared to PDQ-39 and PDQL--to evaluate quality of life in Parkinson's disease patients: validation in Spanish (Ecuadorian style). Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2008; 14(2), 126–132.
 
Suchowersky O, Bailey P, Pourcher E, Bulger L,& Facciponte G. Comparison of two dosages of tolcapone added to levodopa in nonfluctuating patients with PD. Clin Neuropharmacol. 2001; 24(4), 214–220.
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