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Vol. 67, No. 6, 2012
Issue release date: June 2012
Section title: Original Paper
Eur Neurol 2012;67:326–330
(DOI:10.1159/000335877)

The Relation of Falls to Fatigue, Depression and Daytime Sleepiness in Parkinson’s Disease

Bryant M.S. · Rintala D.H. · Hou J.G. · Rivas S.P. · Fernandez A.L. · Lai E.C. · Protas E.J.
aSchool of Health Professions, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex., bDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, cMichael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, dDepartment of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, and eThe Methodist Neurological Institutes, Houston, Tex., USA

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 7/28/2011 8:35:43 AM
Accepted: 12/11/2011
Published online: 5/3/2012

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

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Abstract

Objective: To characterize non-motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who experience falls compared to those who do not fall. Methods: Fifty-four individuals with PD were studied. Thirty-six were fallers and 18 were non-fallers. Fatigue was assessed by the Iowa Fatigue Scale. Excessive daytime sleepiness was assessed by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and depressive symptomatology was assessed by the short-form Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Results: Compared to non-fallers, fallers had more severe disability, greater general physical fatigue (p = 0.024), lower energy levels (p = 0.042) and less productivity (p = 0.007). Fallers had more depressive symptomatology than the non-fallers (p = 0.01). Excessive daytime sleepiness was not different between the two groups (p = 0.695). Conclusions: Individuals with PD who fell had more severe motor and non-motor symptoms than those who did not fall. These non-motor symptoms included physical fatigue, energy, productivity and depressive symptomatology.


  

Author Contacts

Mon S. Bryant, PT, PhD
Rehabilitation Research (MEDVAMC 153)
2002 Holcombe Blvd
Houston, TX 77030 (USA)
Tel. +1 713 791 1414, E-Mail mon.bryant@yahoo.com

  

Article Information

Received: July 28, 2011
Accepted: December 11, 2011
Published online: May 3, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 1, Number of References : 45

  

Publication Details

European Neurology

Vol. 67, No. 6, Year 2012 (Cover Date: June 2012)

Journal Editor: Bogousslavsky J. (Montreux)
ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print), eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ENE


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 7/28/2011 8:35:43 AM
Accepted: 12/11/2011
Published online: 5/3/2012

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0014-3022 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9913 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ENE


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