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Strategies to encourage physical activity in patients with Parkinson's disease: improving quality of life

Authors Barksdale H, Oguh O

Received 20 September 2015

Accepted for publication 3 January 2016

Published 26 April 2016 Volume 2016:6 Pages 37—43


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Peter Hedera

Heather Barksdale,1 Odinachi Oguh,2

1Department of Rehabilitation, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL, USA; 2Department of Neurology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to discuss strategies to encourage physical activity in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), to consider the effect that physical activity and exercise has on the quality of life in individuals with PD, identify types of physical activity and exercise most recently and best supported by research, and to explore ways to customize physical exercise to PD patients based on stage and severity. Through research, recommendations are made to encourage physical activity and overcome barriers that may hinder participation in physical activity and exercise across different stages of PD.

Keywords: Parkinson's disease, physical activity, barriers, exercise, quality of life

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