Parkinson’s disease (PD) presents with a range of motor symptoms which impact on fine motor skills, gait and balance, as well as speech. These symptoms can be present from the start of the disease and have a more severe impact on daily activities as the disease progresses.
How can ehealth solutions help?
Supportive therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are established and globally recognised and accepted therapies complementing medication. Modern technologies, so-called “smart devices” (smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, MentorAge® devices) can be used to provide supportive interventions at home.
These e-health-supported interventions are intended to mitigate Parkinson’s specific symptoms such as gait and posture disorders, speech disorders, disorders of fine motor skills, mimic impairments and malnutritional influences. Supportive therapies lead to a significant increase in the quality of life, already in the early phase of the disease.
Previous research has not established a standard therapy procedure involving modern technologies, nor has it recommended the type and frequency with which these e-health-supported interventions should be performed in PD patients.
What is the intervention study (IData study)?
In the intervention study (IData study), the third stage of the i-PROGNOSIS project following the GData and SData studies, the acceptance, user-friendliness and feasibility of e-health supported interventions in PD patients is assessed.
Parkinson’s Disease patients will participate in the IData study and use the i-Prognosis e-health-supported interventions as often as possible for a period of four months.
The majority of interventions are performed at home. Certain interventions requiring specialised motion sensors and large monitors, as well as all exergames, are going to be played in special “Game stations” in the clinics.