Time-dependent changes in postural control in early Parkinson’s disease: what are we missing?

Del Din, Silvia, Godfrey, Alan, Coleman, Shirley, Galna, Brook, Lord, Sue and Rochester, Lynn (2016) Time-dependent changes in postural control in early Parkinson’s disease: what are we missing? Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 54 (2-3). pp. 401-410. ISSN 0140-0118

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Impaired postural control (PC) is an important feature of Parkinson’s disease (PD), but optimal testing protocols are yet to be established. Accelerometer-based monitors provide objective measures of PC. We characterised time-dependent changes in PC in people with PD and controls during standing, and identified outcomes most sensitive to pathology. Thirty-one controls and 26 PD patients were recruited: PC was measured with an accelerometer on the lower back for 2 minutes (mins). Preliminary analysis (autocorrelation) that showed 2 seconds (s) was the shortest duration sensitive to changes in the signal; time series analysis of a range of PC outcomes was undertaken using consecutive 2-s windows over the test. Piecewise linear regression was used to fit the time series data during the first 30 s and the subsequent 90 s of the trial. PC outcomes changed over the 2 mins, with the greatest change observed during the first 30 s after which PC stabilised. Changes in PC were reduced in PD compared to controls, and Jerk was found to be discriminative of pathology. Previous studies focusing on average performance over the duration of a test may miss time-dependent differences. Evaluation of time-dependent change may provide useful insights into PC in PD and effectiveness of intervention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postural control, Time series, Accelerometer, Jerk, Parkinson’s
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 13:41
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34051

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