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Telehealth to exercise at home

...is it also suitable for patients with Parkinson’s disease?

  • Remote monitoring of exercise is feasible, yet not ideal 
  • Training location does not seem important for successful intervention
  • Reach more patients with combination of supervised sessions and home-based exercise 

Training independently at home with remote monitoring is feasible for patients with mild to moderate stages of Parkinson’s disease. They successfully completed the majority of their training sessions at home, but seem to prefer exercising in a group. Patients practising at home improved their overall balance and walking ability to the same degree as patients who trained in a group. This is concluded by a group of Australian researchers who divided forty patients with Parkinson’s disease into two subgroups after following a five-week group-based exercise programme: one half continued the group training sessions, the other trained individually at home and was monitored via telehealth.

 
 

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