Sensor assisted self-management in Parkinson's disease: A feasibility study of ambulatory posture detection and feedback to treat stooped posture

E. E.H. van Wegen*, C. J.T. de Goede, G. Kwakkel, J. van Kordelaar

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    Abstract

    Introduction A stooped posture is one of the characteristic motor symptoms of patients with Parkinson's disease, and has been linked to impairments in daily activities and quality of life. We aimed to test the efficacy, safety, practical utility and user-friendliness of a posture correction and vibrotactile trunk angle feedback device (the UpRight) in the home setting of patients with Parkinson's disease with a stooped posture. It was hypothesized that ambulatory use of the UpRight would be safe, feasible and result in a less stooped posture, i.e. a lower trunk angle during daily activities. Methods 15 patients wore the UpRight during a baseline period of 1 week (no feedback), followed by an intervention period of 1 week (feedback). Results We found a significant decrease (average −5,4°) in trunk angle from baseline period to intervention period without the occurrence of adverse events. In addition, patients found the device usable and beneficial to posture. Conclusion Use of the feedback and correction device has a positive effect on ambulatory trunk angles. The device appears to be both safe and useful for self-management of stooped posture in patients with Parkinson's Disease.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S57-S61
    JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
    Volume46
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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    Keywords

    • Ambulatory
    • Cueing
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Rehabilitation
    • Self-management
    • Sensor
    • Stooped posture

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