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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.11 No.1 pp.1940-1949

Effects of Self-Checked Monitoring Home Exercises on Gait, Balance, Strength, and Activities of Daily Living in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Chaegil Lim
Department of Physical Therapy, Gachon University, Incheon, Republic of Korea


Background: Self-checked monitoring home exercises are recommended for preventing falls among people with Parkinson’s disease. However, as these home exercises are performed autonomously by patients without professional management, their accuracy and efficiency can be compromised.
Objective: To investigate the effects of providing regular training sessions to patients and caregivers and of patient self-monitoring of exercise performance following the implementation of a self-checked monitoring exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Design: Randomized Pretest-Posttest Control Group Design.
Methods: We provided regular self-checked monitoring home exercise and general home exercise programs to 30 participants for 12 weeks. Once a month at the first, fifth, and ninth-week sessions, a rehabilitation team attended the Parkinson’s group education. In addition to the subject in the experimental group perform the home exercises program to provide feedback regarding the home exercises program and to carry out a self-monitoring checklist performance for 12 weeks.
Results: The 10 m walk test, functional reach test, and sit to stand test and the modified Barthel index significantly improved in the self-checked monitoring home exercise group.
Conclusion: These results suggest that self-checked home exercise programs, which facilitate safety and consistent performance of exercises at home, are beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease.