CHOP PD: Charting the Progression of Disability in Parkinson Disease

When this study was awarded, there appeared to be clinically meaningful benefits of short-term exercise programs on persons with Parkinson. However, claims regarding the long-term effects of exercise on disability were made without research support.

Researchers examined the 2-year trajectory of disability in a group of people with Parkinson’s. By describing the progression of disability, exercise habits and physical activity, this investigation established an important foundation for future intervention research.

Findings from this study suggest that individuals with who do not engage in physical activity in the first 2 years following a Parkinson’s diagnosis experience a steeper decline in quality of life than those who do engage in physical activity.

  • Dr. Lee Dibble, University of Utah
  • Dr. K. Bo Foreman, University of Utah
  • Dr. Jim Cavanaugh, University of New England
  • Dr. Gammon Earhart, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Dr. Terry Ellis, Boston University
  • Dr. Matt Ford, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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