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A technological review of wearable cueing devices addressing freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease

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posted on 2019-03-27, 16:26 authored by Dean Sweeney, Leo R. Quinlan, Patrick Browne, Margaret Richardson, Paulilne MeskellPaulilne Meskell, Gearóid Ó Laighin
Freezing of gait is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is an important contributor to falls, leading to it being a major cause of hospitalization and nursing home admissions. When the management of freezing episodes cannot be achieved through medication or surgery, non-pharmacological methods such as cueing have received attention in recent years. Novel cueing systems were developed over the last decade and have been evaluated predominantly in laboratory settings. However, to provide benefit to people with Parkinson’s and improve their quality of life, these systems must have the potential to be used at home as a self-administer intervention. This paper aims to provide a technological review of the literature related to wearable cueing systems and it focuses on current auditory, visual and somatosensory cueing systems, which may provide a suitable intervention for use in home-based environments. The paper describes the technical operation and effectiveness of the different cueing systems in overcoming freezing of gait. The “What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)” tool was used to assess the quality of each study described. The paper findings should prove instructive for further researchers looking to enhance the effectiveness of future cueing systems.

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Study on Aerodynamic Characteristics Control of Slender Body Using Active Flow Control Technique

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Sensors;19, 1277

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MDPI

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peer-reviewed

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ERC, SFI

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English

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