The relationships between the unified parkinsong's disease rating scale and lower extremity functional performance in persons with early-stage parkinsong' disease

Jooeun Song*, Beth E. Fisher, Giselle Petzinger, Allan Wu, James Gordon, George J. Salem

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Abstract

Background. The Unified Parkinsong's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) is the gold standardĝ€ assessment tool for characterizing impairments in persons with Parkinsonĝ€™s disease (PD); however, this scaleĝ€™s ability to predict functional capabilities across different functional tasks has not been adequately assessed in persons with early-stage PD. Methods. Thirty persons with PD within 3 years of diagnosis and without motor fluctuation performed self-selected walking, fast walking, and sit-to-stand and stair-climbing tasks. Pearsonĝ€™s correlation coefficients were used to calculate correlations with a standard UPDRS examination (P <.05). Simple linear regression models were used to fit each functional performance outcome measure with the UPDRS total predictor scores. Results. The correlations between the UPDRS motor (section III), UPDRS total scores, and all timed functional performance measures were fair to good (range, 0.45-0.57). Conversely, only greater self-selected time to walk 50 ft correlated with a higher UPDRS activities of daily living (II) score ( r =.386; P <.05). Conclusions. The UPDRS motor (III) and total scores may be good predictors of overall lower extremity function in persons with early-stage PD. Understanding the relationships between UPDRS scores and functional capabilities may allow clinicians to better quantify early physical functioning, longitudinally assess disease progression, and assess the efficacy of interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-661
Number of pages5
JournalNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Outcome measures
  • Parkinsong's disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • Unified Parkinsong's Disease Rating Scale
  • Walking speed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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