An observational study to analyse the significance of varying attention over gait parameters in parkinson’s disease

Deepti V.S.S., Vadivelan K and V.P.R Sivakumar

Objectives: To evaluate the effect of varying attention over gait parameters in parkinson’s disease.
Design: Observational study of quasi experimental design
Setting: The study was conducted in “Government General Hospital”, Chennai.
Procedure: Subjects with a diagnosis of idiopathic parkinson’s disease with a non- fluctuating response to syndopa and the ability to walk 10 m unassisted participants in the study with average of 85 years old using Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and Hoehn and Yahr scale.
Results: There was significant difference in the step length, stride length, base width, time taken, cadence between the groups with or without attention at a P<0.001.
Conclusion: It is mandatory that attention and auditory cues in treating parkinson’s disease patient.

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