Journal article

Postural instability in Parkinson's disease: a comparison with and without a concurrent task.

M Morris, R Iansek, F Smithson, F Huxham

Gait and Posture | Published : 2000

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of dual task performance on postural instability in subjects with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) compared with healthy elderly people. In particular, we aimed to divert attention to a secondary task so the full extent of balance disturbance could be revealed without compensation by attentional mechanisms. Forty-five subjects were tested: 15 PD subjects with a past history of falls; 15 PD subjects with no history of falls; and 15 unimpaired individuals. Groups were matched for age and sex and subjects with PD were tested at peak dose in the levodopa medication cycle. Each subject was tested on their ability to maintain stabil..

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