Effectiveness of physiotherapy in Parkinson's disease: the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial.
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SourceParkinsonism & Related Disorders, 13, 2, (2007), pp. 115-121
Article / Letter to editor
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Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
Parkinsonism & Related Disorders
SubjectDCN 2: Functional Neurogenomics; EBP 4: Quality of Care; NCEBP 10: Human Movement & Fatigue; NCEBP 6:Quality of nursing and allied health care; UMCN 3.2: Cognitive neurosciences; NCEBP 10: Human Movement & Fatigue
To study the feasibility of a large randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness of physiotherapy in Parkinson's disease (PD), 173 patients were asked to participate in a study with random allocation to best practice physiotherapy, or to no physiotherapy. The primary outcome measures were the Parkinson's disease questionnaire-39, the Parkinson activity scale, and a patient preference outcome scale (PPOS). Only 14% of the patients could be included in the study. The PPOS showed the largest effect size (0.74) with a significant group effect (p<0.05). Specific alterations to the study design to ensure successful RCTs in this field are recommended.
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