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Daily ambulatory activity levels in idiopathic Parkinson disease

Frank M. Skidmore, MD, et al.

Figure. (a) Steps per day and (b) peak step rates at different Hoehn and Yahr (HY) disease stages in Parkinson disease.

Although a number of studies have looked at walking in Parkinson disease in a laboratory environment, little information exists about how individuals with Parkinson disease walk at home. We conducted a study using a computer-linked walking monitor to determine how severity of disease affected walking behavior at home in Parkinson disease. We found that individuals with more severe disease walked less, indicating that home walking monitors might be useful to evaluate function and effects of treatments in this disease.



Volume 45 Number 9, 2008
   Pages 1343 — 1348


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