Marcante, Andrea (2018) PD_manager: an mHealth platform for Parkinson's disease Management. [Ph.D. thesis]
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) current clinical management is mostly based on patient’s subjective report about the effects of treatments and on medical examinations that unfortunately represent only a snapshot of a highly fluctuating clinical condition. This traditional approach requires time, it is biased by patient’s judgment and is often not completely reliable, especially in moderate advanced stages. The main purpose of the EU funded project PD_manager (Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement n° 643706) is to build and evaluate an innovative, mHealth, patient-centric system for PD remote monitoring. After a first phase of research and development, a set of wearable devices has been selected and tested on 20 patients. The raw data recorded have been used to feed algorithms necessary to recognize motor symptoms. In parallel, other applications have been developed to test also the main non-motor symptoms. On a second phase, a case- control randomized multicentric study has been designed and performed to assess the acceptability and utility of the PD_manager system at patients’ home, compared to the current gold standard for home monitoring, represented by symptoms diaries. 136 couples of patients and caregivers have been recruited, and at the end of the trial the system was found to be very well tolerated and easy to use, compared to diaries. The developed System is able to recognize motor and non-motor symptoms, helping healthcare professionals in taking decisions on therapeutic strategies. Moreover, PD_manager could represent a useful tool for patient's self-monitoring and self-care promotion.
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