The coronavirus-disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak precipitated prolonged lock-down measures. The subsequent social distancing, isolation, and reduction in mobility increased psychological stress, which may worsen Parkinson’s disease (PD). Therefore, telemedicine has been proposed to provide care to PD patients. To evaluate the effects of lock-down on motor and nonmotor symptoms in PD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of telemedicine. Motor and nonmotor aspects were longitudinally assessed using structured questionnaires at baseline (in-person, February 2020) and at follow-up (remote web-based video, lock-down) evaluation. Of the seventeen PD patients evaluated at baseline, fourteen agreed to participate in, and completed follow-up evaluations. There was an impairment of nonmotor aspects measured with the MDS-UPDRS part I (p < 0.001) during lock-down. Nine patients participated independently in the telemedicine evaluation while five needed help from relatives. Our preliminary findings suggest an impairment of nonmotor symptoms in PD patients and support the feasibility and need for telemedicine in monitoring PD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, to guarantee optimal assistance with reducing the burden of infection. Our findings also suggest that movement disorder clinics should be carefully considering socio-demographics and clinical features when developing telemedicine programs.

Lockdown effects on Parkinson’s disease during COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot study / Falla, M.; Dodich, A.; Papagno, C.; Gober, A.; Narduzzi, P.; Pierotti, E.; Falk, M.; Zappini, F.; Colosimo, C.; Turella, L.. - In: ACTA NEUROLOGICA BELGICA. - ISSN 0300-9009. - 121:5(2021), pp. 1191-1198. [10.1007/s13760-021-01732-z]

Lockdown effects on Parkinson’s disease during COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot study

Falla M.;Dodich A.;Papagno C.;Narduzzi P.;Pierotti E.;Zappini F.;Turella L.
2021

Abstract

The coronavirus-disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak precipitated prolonged lock-down measures. The subsequent social distancing, isolation, and reduction in mobility increased psychological stress, which may worsen Parkinson’s disease (PD). Therefore, telemedicine has been proposed to provide care to PD patients. To evaluate the effects of lock-down on motor and nonmotor symptoms in PD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and the feasibility of telemedicine. Motor and nonmotor aspects were longitudinally assessed using structured questionnaires at baseline (in-person, February 2020) and at follow-up (remote web-based video, lock-down) evaluation. Of the seventeen PD patients evaluated at baseline, fourteen agreed to participate in, and completed follow-up evaluations. There was an impairment of nonmotor aspects measured with the MDS-UPDRS part I (p < 0.001) during lock-down. Nine patients participated independently in the telemedicine evaluation while five needed help from relatives. Our preliminary findings suggest an impairment of nonmotor symptoms in PD patients and support the feasibility and need for telemedicine in monitoring PD patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, to guarantee optimal assistance with reducing the burden of infection. Our findings also suggest that movement disorder clinics should be carefully considering socio-demographics and clinical features when developing telemedicine programs.
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Falla, M.; Dodich, A.; Papagno, C.; Gober, A.; Narduzzi, P.; Pierotti, E.; Falk, M.; Zappini, F.; Colosimo, C.; Turella, L.
Lockdown effects on Parkinson’s disease during COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot study / Falla, M.; Dodich, A.; Papagno, C.; Gober, A.; Narduzzi, P.; Pierotti, E.; Falk, M.; Zappini, F.; Colosimo, C.; Turella, L.. - In: ACTA NEUROLOGICA BELGICA. - ISSN 0300-9009. - 121:5(2021), pp. 1191-1198. [10.1007/s13760-021-01732-z]
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