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Development of a Fall Prevention and Fall Detection System for Ambulatory Rehabilitation of Parkinson's Patients

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Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 16, 2010
Last updated: December 17, 2010
Last verified: October 2010

The investigators plan to conduct a first-stage experiment by recruiting ten subjects, including five PD patients and five non-PD patients. In the beginning, the information collected by the portable motion detector is used to compare the difference in the activities performed by PD and non-PD patients. Besides, the algorithm will be developed to identify the gait patterns of PD patients. Once the system detects the abnormal gaits, such as shuffling and festinating steps or freezing of gait, auditory cues will be given to the PD patients and caregivers by their sides. It can help the patient to maintain normal gait and improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation, as well as preventing falls in daily activities. Moreover, in case of accident falls, the real-time fall detection mechanism alerts the nearest caregiver for instant support and delivers this information to the remote family members and medical personnel.

After that, a second-stage experiment will be carried out by recruiting another five PD patients. By comparing the gait patterns identified by the system against those identified manually by the staff, the performance of the proposed system on fall prevention will be examined. For the patients and their family members, the developed system enhances the patients' safety in their daily activities. As for the medical personnel, it serves as an affordable tool that benefits the rehabilitation of PD patients in an easy manner.

Condition Intervention
Parkinson's Disease Other: portable motion detector

Study Type: Expanded Access     What is Expanded Access?

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Mobility disability
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  More Information Identifier: NCT01262950     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 099089-E
Study First Received: December 16, 2010
Last Updated: December 17, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases processed this record on August 18, 2017