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Volume 5597 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 1-8

Computer-Based Assessment of Bradykinesia, Akinesia and Rigidity in Parkinson’s Disease

  • Laura CunninghamAffiliated withComputer Science Research Institute and School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster
  • , Chris NugentAffiliated withComputer Science Research Institute and School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster
  • , George MooreAffiliated withComputer Science Research Institute and School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster
  • , Dewar FinlayAffiliated withComputer Science Research Institute and School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster
  • , David CraigAffiliated withBelfast City Hospital, Queen’s University Belfast

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Abstract

An increasingly aging population fuels the need for appropriate care and services for the elderly and disabled. Age related diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD), require close monitoring and assessment. A home-based assessment tool, which collects information on people’s hand and finger movements, has been developed. It is intended that movement difficulties such as bradykinesia and rigidity can be identified through the use of this tool. Remote monitoring of this home based tool has the potential to decrease the number of clinic/hospital visits a person with PD requires. Two groups of 10 people took part in an evaluation of this system. One group were persons with PD and the other were without PD. Results showed that 70% of the control group completed the tool within 30 seconds compared to only 30% in the PD group. The tool endeavours to make the assessment of PD more objective.

Keywords

Parkinson’s Disease Assistive Technology PD Assessment Bradykinesia/ Akinesia Healthcare Technology Rigidity