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BACKGROUND: Fatigue is one of the most disabling non-motor symptoms for people with Parkinson's disease. Exercise may modify fatigue. This study examines prescribed exercise effects on physical activity levels, well-being, and fatigue in Parkinson's disease. METHODS: In this single-blinded trial, participants were randomly assigned to either a 12 week community exercise program or control group. Primary outcome measures were fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale) and physical activity. RESULTS: Thirty-nine people with Parkinson's disease were included: 20 in exercise and 19 in control. Sixty-five percent of the study group were fatigued (n = 24, mean 4.02, SD 1.48). Increased fatigue was associated with lower mobility and activity (P < .05). Individuals participated in a mean of 15 (SD 10) exercise sessions with no significant change in fatigue, mobility, well-being, or physical activity after exercise (P ≥ .05). CONCLUSION: Participation in weekly exercise did not improve fatigue in people with Parkinson's Disease.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society

Publication Date

01/2012

Volume

27

Pages

143 - 146

Addresses

Movement Science Group, School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Charlie.winward@noc.nhs.uk

Keywords

Humans, Parkinson Disease, Fatigue, Exercise Therapy, Severity of Illness Index, Questionnaires, Analysis of Variance, Single-Blind Method, Motor Activity, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Middle Aged, Female, Male