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Assessing and addressing footwear needs in Parkinson's disease²design thinking in neurology

SAYADI J; ROSS SAYADI L; FIJANY A
NEUROREHABILITATION , 2019, vol. 45, n° 4, p. 443-448
Doc n°: 190455
Localisation : Centre de Réadaptation de Lay St Christophe

D.O.I. : http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/NRE-192897
Descripteurs : AF5 - PARKINSON

BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder that results in a variety of motor deficits such as unsteady gait, bradykinesia, resting tremor, and rigidity. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to quantify and assess the challenges and preferences Parkinson's disease patients have regarding footwear. METHODS: A 13-question survey was designed to assess footwear challenges and preferences among PD patients. A total of 89 PD patients, both male and female, were surveyed in the outpatient setting at UC Irvine during their appointments with the senior author. RESULTS: A majority of the PD patients in our cohort (64%) reported experiencing difficulties wearing shoes on their own. Patients who experienced difficulties wearing shoes were significantly more likely to report having been forced to make changes to their desired outfits (p ?=?0.0011), choosing not to wear dress shoes due to their discomfort (p ?=?0.0175), and preferring shoes without laces (p ?=?0.0 048). CONCLUSIONS: The present study is the first attempt to use a survey to quantify the challenges and preferences reported by PD patients in regard to their usage of footwear. Inspired by our findings, the study team designed a novel dress shoe prototype that may address some of the difficulties and concerns gathered through our survey

Langue : ANGLAIS

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