Ellis T, Katz D, White D, DePiero J, Hohler A, Saint-Hilaire M
The study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of an inpatient rehabilitation program for patients with Parkinsons Disease (PD), focusing on whether any gains were clinically meaningful and to establish outcome predictors.
68 participants with PD underwent a program of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The outcome measures used were the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), the Timed Up and Go Test, 2 minute walk test and Finger tapping test.
Analysis of results identified improvements in all outcome measures from admission to discharge, supporting the use of an inpatient rehabilitation program for patients with PD.
Physical Therapy, 2008, 88 (7), 812-819