Predict Falls in Parkinson’s Disease
The evolution of gait variability with PD progression and the relationship between (the magnitude and the ordering of) stride-to-stride fluctuations and future falls in PD are unclear. In addition, large individual variations exist at the level of gait performances corresponding to specific levels of disease severity.ions.
Our central hypothesis is that PD-related cognitive dysfunctions affecting gait variability during dual-task walking will predict future falls and near falls in PD patients.
The longitudinal design of this study will consist in collecting gait variability during single and dual-task over-ground walking every six months, in PD patients and controls, and to collect information about falls and near falls. This project will improve the objective assessment of fall risk in PD patients using gait parameters during cognitively challenging conditions, similar to those experienced in patients’ daily lives.
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