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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Correlation Between Balance And Incidence Of Falls In Patients With Parkinson's Disease [correlação Entre Equilíbrio E Incidência De Quedas Em Pacientes Portadores De Doença De Parkinson]
Author: Takeuti T.
Maki T.
da Silva C.V.R.
de Jesus Soares A.
Duarte J.
Abstract: Objective. To evaluate balance in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) and to check its correlation with disease severity and incidence of falls. Method. 10 patients with PD underwent evaluation of general condition, disease duration, and history of falls. The Hoenh Yahr scale was used to assess disease severity. The Berg Balance test was used to analyze the static and dynamic balance. We used the Pearson correlation coefficient for analize the data. Results. Eight percent of the patients had balance disorders and 70% suffered at least one episode of fall in the last six months. There was a strong correlation between disease severity and episodes of falls (r=0.92), and between the incidence of falls and the Berg Balance test (r=0.87). The study found moderate correlation between disease duration and episodes of falls (r=0.57). Conclusion. PD patients showed balance disorders, which has close relationship with episodes of falls. Patients in more advanced stages of disease are more prone to falls, and duration of illness is in a less important influence on episodes of fall.
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Date Issue: 2011
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