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A pilot study of a minimally supervised home exercise and walking program for people with Parkinson’s disease in Jordan

Khalil, Hanan, Busse-Morris, Monica and Quinn, Lori 2017. A pilot study of a minimally supervised home exercise and walking program for people with Parkinson’s disease in Jordan. Neurodegenerative Disease Management 7 (1) 10.2217/nmt-2016-0041

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Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility and cultural considerations of a minimally supervised, home-based exercise program in Jordan. Methods: Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. Thirty participants were randomly allocated to either an 8-week intervention group (n = 16), or a standard care group (n = 14). The intervention incorporated the home use of an exercise DVD, walking program and initial instructional sessions and weekly phone calls provided by a physiotherapist. Interviews were used to explore feasibility. Unified Parkinson’s disease rating scale (UPDRS-III); balance and walking speed were assessed. Results: The retention rate was 86.7% and mean adherence rate was 77%. Personal and sociocultural barriers of adherence to the exercise program were identified. UPDRS-III at follow-up was lower in the intervention group. Conclusion: A home exercise program was feasible. Sociocultural barriers specific to Arabic culture may affect the uptake of such an intervention in Parkinson’s disease in these countries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Future Medicine
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 10 November 2016
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2019 00:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98000

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