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1. Citation: Gage, H. & Storey, L. (2004). Rehabilitation for Parkinsonís Disease: A systematic review of available evidence. Clinical Rehabilitation 18(5), 463-482. doi: 10.1191/0269215504cr764oa
Keywords: Parkinsonís disease, systematic review, rehabilitation, therapy
Abstract: Background: Nonpharmacological rehabilitative therapies can be employees to address the multiple disabling symptoms associated with Parkinsonís disease. It has been suggested that high-quality specialist care can improve the quality of life for people with Parkinsonís disease.

To systematically review the available evidence on the effectiveness of nonpharmacological rehabilitation interventions for people with Parkinson's disease.

Search Strategy: Studies were found by conducting a search of electronic databases (CINAHL, Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PsychLIT) for the period 1980-2002. Keywords used were: Parkinsonís disease and intervention were rehabil* occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, education, counseling, psych*. Studies were also found through reference lists.

Selection Criteria:
Studies that met the following inclusion criteria were included in this review: (1) written in English, (2) involving nonpharmacological treatment interventions or reviews of such treatment for people with Parkinsonís Disease, and (3) studies were controlled trials.

Data Collection and Analysis:
Two independent reviewers reviewed and assessed studies on a number of factors. Disagreements were settled by discussion.

Main results: Forty-four different studies were included in this review. The authors describe their findings and summarize the evidence for five intervention categories: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychological and educational interventions, and multidisciplinary.

Conclusions: Publication bias may be in effect, but the available literature suggests that these interventions can improve patientsí quality of life. However, more rigorous research is required to draw specific conclusions.
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Record Updated:2016-07-27

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