Publication date: Aug 12, 2019
Credit: Shutterstock Researchers in Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences have found that a simple test carried out on a smartphone can help to predict future change in people in the early stages of Parkinson’s. “The main driver for this study was to improve clinical care by finding better ways of predicting how Parkinson’s is likely to progress over time on an individual basis, as its course can vary greatly from person to person,” said Christine Lo, Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) and a member of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. “In this study, we’ve been able to show that, using a fairly simple smartphone test, we can accurately predict key future clinical outcomes, 18 months before they occur, potentially making it easier to tailor treatment to individuals with Parkinson’s,” Christine Lo said. “This research study, for the first time, shows that a 7-minute smartphone test could help predict how Parkinson’s may affect someone 18-months later.
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