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Falls and mobility in Parkinson’s disease : protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial

Morris, Meg E., Menz, Hylton B., McGinley, Jennifer L., Huxham, Frances E., Murphy, Anna T., Iansek, Robert, Danoudis, Mary, Soh, Sze Ee, Kelly, David and Watts, Jennifer J. 2011, Falls and mobility in Parkinson’s disease : protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial, BMC neurology, vol. 2011, Article number 93, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1186/1471-2377-11-93.

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Title Falls and mobility in Parkinson’s disease : protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial
Author(s) Morris, Meg E.
Menz, Hylton B.
McGinley, Jennifer L.
Huxham, Frances E.
Murphy, Anna T.
Iansek, Robert
Danoudis, Mary
Soh, Sze Ee
Kelly, David
Watts, Jennifer J.ORCID iD for Watts, Jennifer J. orcid.org/0000-0001-8095-8638
Journal name BMC neurology
Volume number 2011
Season Article number 93
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-07-31
ISSN 1471-2369
1471-2377
Keyword(s) falls
mobility
Parkinson's disease
Summary Background Although physical therapy and falls prevention education are argued to reduce falls and disability in people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, this has not yet been confirmed with a large scale randomised controlled clinical trial. The study will investigate the effects on falls, mobility and quality of life of (i) movement strategy training combined with falls prevention education, (ii) progressive resistance strength training combined with falls prevention education, (iii) a generic life-skills social program (control group).
Methods/Design
People with idiopathic Parkinson's disease who live at home will be recruited and randomly allocated to one of three groups. Each person shall receive therapy in an out-patient setting in groups of 3-4. Each group shall be scheduled to meet once per week for 2 hours for 8 consecutive weeks. All participants will also have a structured 2 hour home practice program for each week during the 8 week intervention phase. Assessments will occur before therapy, after the 8 week therapy program, and at 3 and 12 months after the intervention. A falls calendar will be kept by each participant for 12 months after outpatient therapy. Consistent with the recommendations of the Prevention of Falls Network Europe group, three falls variables will be used as the primary outcome measures: the number of fallers, the number of multiple fallers and the falls rate. In addition to quantifying falls, we shall measure mobility, activity limitations and quality of life as secondary outcomes.
Discussion
This study has the potential to determine whether outpatient movement strategy training combined with falls prevention education or progressive resistance strength training combined with falls prevention education are effective for reducing falls and improving mobility and life quality in people with Parkinson's disease who live at home.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2377-11-93
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, BioMed Central
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054604

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