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A major problem in the field of Parkinson's disease (PD) is that there is no objective assessment tool for PD symptoms to date. At the moment data are mostly collected with questionaires, interviews, or clinical scales. This makes the assessment of changes in the course of the disease, due to training or due to medication very difficult for patients and medical staff. A way to solve this issue is the objective measurement of movements (in patients with PD) with (small) body-worn sensor units containing accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers.
There are four main fields of applications of these sensor units in PD:
1) Measuring symptoms and instrumented clinical scales;
2) Instrumented functional assessments;
3) Quantification of daily activity;
4) Technology-assisted neurorehabilitation;
In the talk examples of these four fields of applications have been discussed.
This was a talk for the 2nd Winter Symposium of the Human Motion Project and it is part of the “Human Motion Project” PeerJ collection.