Journal article

Clinical and posturographic correlates of falling in Parkinson's disease.

Liam Johnson, Ian James, Julian Rodrigues, Rick Stell, Gary Thickbroom, Frank Mastaglia

Movement Disorders | Published : 2013

Abstract

Various clinical tests and balance scales have been used to assess postural stability and the risk of falling in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD). Quantitative posturography allows a more objective assessment but the findings in previous studies have been inconsistent and few studies have investigated which posturographic measures correlate best with a history of falling. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of clinical tests, balance scales, and stable-platform posturography in detecting postural instability and discriminating between fallers and non-fallers in a home-dwelling PD cohort. Forty-eight PD subjects (Hoehn & Yahr stage 1-3) and 17 age-matched..

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