Feasibility study of a wearable system based on a wireless body area network for gait assessment in Parkinson's disease patients

Jorge Cancela, Matteo Pastorino, Maria T. Arredondo, Konstantina S. Nikita, Federico Villagra Povina, Maria A. Pastor

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Abstract

Parkinson's disease (PD) alters the motor performance of affected individuals. The dopaminergic denervation of the striatum, due to substantia nigra neuronal loss, compromises the speed, the automatism and smoothness of movements of PD patients. The development of a reliable tool for long-term monitoring of PD symptoms would allow the accurate assessment of the clinical status during the different PD stages and the evaluation of motor complications. Furthermore, it would be very useful both for routine clinical care as well as for testing novel therapies. Within this context we have validated the feasibility of using a Body Network Area (BAN) of wireless accelerometers to perform continuous at home gait monitoring of PD patients. The analysis addresses the assessment of the system performance working in real environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4618-4633
Number of pages16
JournalSensors
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • wearable body area network
  • gait assessment
  • accelerometers
  • Accelerometers
  • Wearable body area network
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Gait assessment
  • Movement
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Telemetry/instrumentation
  • Data Collection
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Parkinson Disease/physiopathology
  • Gait/physiology
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Female
  • Aged
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Accelerometry
  • Wireless Technology/instrumentation

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