Transcutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in People with Parkinson's

  • McClurg, Doreen (PI)
  • Booth, Jo (CoI)
  • Elders, Andrew (CoI)
  • Hagen, Suzanne (CoI)
  • Panicker, Jalesh (CoI)
  • Walker, Richard (CoI)
  • Cunnington, AnneLouise (CoI)
  • Dean, Katherine HO (CoI)
  • Harari, Danielle (CoI)
  • Slovak, Martin (CoI)

Project Details


Bladder symptoms affect 75% of people with Parkinson’s and include a frequent and urgent desire to pass urine, leading to reluctance to go out, frequent disruption of sleep and poor quality of life.
We held a workshop during which PwP and clinicians discussed the lack of current effective treatments and transcutaneous electrical stimulation was clearly an attractive new option.
We will recruit 208 patients with Parkinson’s and bladder problems from 5 movement disorder clinics across the UK. Each patient will be provided with written information about the study and an opportunity to ask questions before completing a consent form. A nurse will then show the participant how to use the device. Half of those recruited will receive the actual electrical simulation in which two small pads are applied to the ankle close to the nerve that supplies the bladder area. The other half will get sham stimulation i.e. the pads will be placed on the leg but not over the nerve. Treatment (30 minutes) is twice weekly for 6 weeks. All participants will receive a weekly follow-up telephone call during the 6 weeks of intervention. Participants will not know to which group they have been assigned. Changes in bladder symptoms will be recorded at the end of the time using the stimulator (Week 6) and again 6 weeks later. We will look at the cost savings for the NHS.
If active stimulation reduces bladder symptoms, we can use the information to get it more widely used.
Short titleTranscutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation
Effective start/end date1/06/1831/05/21


  • Parkinson's UK: £6,887.00


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