Freezing of Gait Boot Camp: feasibility, safety and preliminary efficacy of a community-based group intervention

Kerri S. Rawson, Patricia Creel, Lizbeth Templin, Adam P. Horin, Ryan P. Duncan, Gammon M. Earhart

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Abstract

AIM: In this pilot study, we evaluated the feasibility, safety and preliminary efficacy of a 6-week, community-based group intervention designed to reduce freezing of gait (FOG) for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Seven people with PD completed 'FOG Boot Camp' provided by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. We recorded attendance, participant's acceptance of the intervention and adverse events during classes. Pre and post-tests included measures of freezing, balance, motor severity, quality-of-life and gait speed. RESULTS: No falls or injuries occurred and attendance was high. Participants had favorable feedback and showed reduced freezing and improvements in balance and gait. CONCLUSION: Preliminary data suggest the FOG boot camp was feasible, safe and effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalNeurodegenerative disease management
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • Parkinson's disease
  • freezing of gait
  • pilot study

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