A randomised controlled trial of a home-based exercise programme to reduce the risk of falling among people with Parkinson’s disease

Ann Ashburn, Louise Fazakarley, Claire Ballinger, Ruth Pickering, Lindsay D. McLellan, Carolyn Fitton

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Abstract

Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of idiopathic PD, independently mobile, living at home in the community, experiencing more than one fall in the previous 12 months and with intact gross cognitive function were invited to participate in this randomised controlled trial. Usual care was compared with a personalised 6 week, home based exercise and strategy programme. The primary outcomes were rates of falling at 8 weeks and 6 months. Whether participants had repeat fallen, nearly fallen or experienced injurious falls were also examined. Functional Reach, the Berg Balance Test, PD Self-assessment Scale and the Euro Quol were rated by a blinded assessor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-684
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Volume78
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006

Keywords

  • Parkinson's disease
  • exercise

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