Usability of a daily mHealth application designed to address mobility, speech and dexterity in Parkinson's disease

Adam P. Horin, Marie E. McNeely, Elinor C. Harrison, Peter S. Myers, Ellen N. Sutter, Kerri S. Rawson, Gammon M. Earhart

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Abstract

Aim: This study investigated the usability of a mobile health (mHealth) smartphone application to treat gait, speech and dexterity in people with Parkinson's disease. Methods: Participants either used an mHealth application (intervention) or maintained their normal routine (control) for 12 weeks and were evaluated at baseline and post-test time points for primary outcome measures of adherence, gait, speech and dexterity. mHealth application adherence was compared with percent change scores on gait, speech and dexterity measures. Results: Adherence was moderate and there were no significant group, time or interaction effects for any outcome measures. Correlations between adherence and outcomes were weak and negative. Conclusion: These data suggest that usability of this mHealth application was limited as indicated by low adherence. The application alone in its present form was not adequate to treat symptoms of gait, speech or dexterity in people with Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalNeurodegenerative disease management
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Keywords

  • gait
  • Parkinson's disease
  • rehabilitation

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