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Effects of home exercises on motor performance in patients with Parkinson's disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16323386     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of home exercises on the motor performance of patients with Parkinson's disease. DESIGN: A prospective blinded study with allocation of patients into their groups by alternate weeks. SETTING: A University Hospital neurology and physiotherapy department. SUBJECTS: Recruited from a movement disorders outpatient clinic of Cerrahpasa School of Medicine diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, classified as Hoehn and Yahr Grades I, II and III. INTERVENTIONS: Patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were recruited to the study. Each patient was evaluated at the end of first and second month after the baseline evaluation. Patients were divided into two groups. Those in the first and third week were put in the exercise group and second and fourth week in the control group. Patients in the exercise group (n = 15) were given a schedule of exercises to undertake at home; the others (n = 15) did not receive this instruction. MEASURES: Ten- and 20-m walking test, first pace length, pace number in 10 m, walking around a chair, Nine Hole Peg Board (NHPB) test. RESULTS: Following the home exercise programme, patients in the exercise group showed improvement in walking 10 and 20 m, time elapsed to complete walking around a chair and length of the first pace length, and in the motor performance of both hands (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: A home-based rehabilitation programme for patients with Parkinson's disease helped to improve motor performance compared to patients who did not take advantage of a regular, professionally designed exercise programme.
A T Caglar; H N Gurses; F K Mutluay; G Kiziltan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0269-2155     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-05     Completed Date:  2006-01-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  870-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Istanbul University, Neurology Department, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Therapy*
Middle Aged
Motor Skills Disorders / etiology*,  rehabilitation*
Parkinson Disease / rehabilitation*
Prospective Studies
Single-Blind Method
Treatment Outcome

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