Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

Review Article

Evaluation and delivery of ambulatory rehabilitation for people with Parkinson's disease

Leah S Goodwina1 and Ling Lana1 c1

a1 Geriatric and Rehabilitation Department, The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Summary

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common and costly condition affecting a predominantly older population. Physical rehabilitation has been shown to enhance motor performance and functional mobility in the short-term. However, there is limited information available about how best to design and deliver an ambulatory rehabilitation (AR) programme for this patient group. This article reviews the current evidence, aiming to provide guidance about best-practice service provision. We highlight the benefits of group therapy and techniques aimed at reducing falls. Further research is required to determine the optimal dose and intensity of AR necessary to provide sustained benefits in people with different stages of PD.

(Online publication January 24 2014)

Key words:

  • Parkinson's disease;
  • exercise therapy;
  • rehabilitation;
  • ambulatory care;
  • accidental falls

Correspondence

c1 Address for correspondence: Ling Lan, Rehabilitation Physician/Senior Lecturer, Geriatric and Rehabilitation Department, The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland, 4053, Australia. Email: ling_lan@health.qld.gov.au