MOVE! For Health: Impact of a DPT student-run fitness class on function and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s Disease

J Petzhold, Jamie Haines

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Abstract

Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of a physical therapy student-led exercise program on community members with Parkinson's Disease (PD). The study will provide insight into the value of offering an exercise class to people with Parkinson's Disease (PwPD) in the local community.<br><b> </b>Number of Subjects: 8<br> Materials/Methods: Individuals with PD participated in a 19-week exercise class. Impact of the exercise class on motor function and quality of life (QOL) was assessed with functional outcome measures [Five Times Sit-to-stand (5TSTS), Floor to/from stand transfer (Floor transfer), 2 or 6 Minute Walk Test (2MWT/6MWT), normal and fast 10-Meter Walk Test, Timed Up and Go (TUG)] and QOL outcome measure (PDQ-39) every 6-10 weeks. Individual interviews were conducted at the conclusion of the class.<br> Results: From baseline to the final assessment, overall percent improvements were seen in the 5TSTS, Floor transfer, 2MWT/6MWT, PDQ-39 total score, and PDQ-stigma dimension, while maintenance was observed in the TUG scores. Three main themes emerged from the interviews. Participants had improved awareness of their own movements, enjoyed the supportive atmosphere, and found value in the student-participant comradery. <br> Conclusions: The overall impact of a physical therapy student led community exercise class improved or maintained many motor and non-motor symptoms of PD. The collaborative learning environment appears positive for both students and participants.<br> Clinical Relevance: DPT Student led community exercise classes may provide a cost-effective opportunity for PwPD to exercise safely and receive continued support.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Oct 5 2018
EventMichigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference - Traverse City, MI
Duration: Oct 5 2018Oct 5 2018

Conference

ConferenceMichigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Conference
Period10/5/1810/5/18

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