physiotherapy and occupational therapy for parkinson's disease

The largest trial ever conducted to date assessing the effects of rehabilitation efforts on quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease has published results in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.


A recent study has assessed the effectiveness of physiotherapy and occupational therapy for Parkinson’s Disease treatment. The trial was conducted across 38 study centres in the United Kingdom, including a total of 762 patients suffering from mild to moderate Parkinson’s Disease, who had limitations in daily activities. The participants were randomly allocated to either a physiotherapy and occupational therapy group, or a no-therapy control group.

The results of the study revealed no differences between the treatment and control group in terms of ability to carry out daily activities. The researchers reported a slightly significant increase in quality of life in patients in the treatment group. The researchers conclude that physiotherapy and occupational therapy for Parkinson’s Disease did not result in clinically meaningful improvements in patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s Disease. The researchers suggest that further studies should assess therapy consisting of higher intensity of physical and occupational therapy to determine whether it could be more beneficial for patients.



Clarke, CE, Patel, S, Ives, N, Rick, CE, Dowling, F, Woolley, R, Wheatley, K, Walker, MF, Sackley, CM; for the PD REHAB Collaborative Group “Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy vs No Therapy in Mild to Moderate Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Clinical Trial” JAMA Neurol. Published online January 19, 2016







Written by Deborah Tallarigo, PhD

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