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Acceptability of a study design in people with Parkinson’s disease - a feasibility study

Department of Health Sciences

Project Description

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the elderly population (Gao, 2020). Freezing of Gait (FoG) is a disabling symptom of PD and is defined as a “brief, episodic absence or marked reduction of forward progression of the feet despite the intention to walk” (Giladi, 2008). Compensation strategies such as cueing can reduce FoG severity and improve gait parameters (Ginis, 2018). FoG reduces the patient’s mobility and their independence and has a significantly impact to their quality of life (Walton, 2015). Cues are targets or references that support the execution of a movement (Nieuwboer, 2007).  The cueing device that is used in this study, is a wearable non-invasive sternal vibrotactile stimulation device (SVSD). The Stappone sensor sole used in this study is a wireless, instrumented insole that records a range of movement data. Conclusions can be drawn about the symmetry of the gait pattern and important gait parameters such as step length, cadence or step duration.



The aim of this study is to investigate, if a study design using a SVSD and the sensor insoles together, while performing the FoG-Score and the 10m walk test, is acceptable for participants. The objective is to gather information and the participants feedback to use in further and larger studies. This is a feasibility study. It could be possible to see some trends in the data collected for the secondary research questions. Those could be used for further studies.

  • Further Information
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Project ID : 1579
  • Sponsor :

    Land NÖ

  • Project Leader
  • Christian Paumann, MSPhT
    Professor Department of Health Sciences