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A web application for follow-up of results from a mobile device test battery for parkinson’s disease patients
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2372-4226
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0403-338X
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.
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2010 (English)In: European Journal of Neurology, ISSN 1351-5101, E-ISSN 1468-1331Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: A test battery consisting of self-assessments and motor tests (tapping and spiral drawing) was developed for a hand computer with touch screen in a telemedicine setting.

Objectives: To develop and evaluate a web-based system that delivers decision support information to the treating clinical staff for assessing PD symptoms in their patients based on the test battery data. Methods: The test battery is currently being used in a clinical trial (DAPHNE, EudraCT No. 2005-002654-21) by sixty five patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD) on 9991 test occasions (four tests per day during in all 362 week-long test periods) at nine clinics around Sweden. Test results are sent continuously from the hand unit over a mobile net to a central computer and processed with statistical methods. They are summarized into scores for different dimensions of the symptom state and an ‘overall test score’ reflecting the overall condition of the patient during a test period. The information in the web application is organized and presented graphically in a way that the general overview of the patient performance per test period is emphasized. Focus is on the overall test score, symptom dimensions and daily summaries. In a recent preliminary user evaluation, the web application was demonstrated to the fifteen study nurses who had used the test battery in the clinical trial. At least one patient per clinic was shown.

Results: In general, the responses from nurses were positive. They claimed that the test results shown in the system were consistent with their own clinical observations. They could follow complications, changes and trends within their patients.

Discussion: In conclusion, the system is able to summarise the various time series of motor test results and self-assessments during test periods and present them in a useful manner. Its main contribution is a novel and reliable way to capture and easily access symptom information from patients’ home environment. The convenient access to current symptom profile as well as symptom history provides a basis for individualized evaluation and adjustment of treatments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Buenos Aires, 2010.
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Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4695ISI: 000293331100215OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4695DiVA: diva2:522123
Conference
The Movement Disorder Society's 14th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders , Buenos Aires, June 13-17, 2010
Available from: 2010-05-20 Created: 2010-05-20 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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