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Impact of an exercise program on physical, emotional, and social aspects of quality of life of individuals with Parkinson's disease

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  • Fátima Rodrigues de Paula MD,

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    1. Department of Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    • Departamento de Fisioterapia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, Campus Pampulha, 31270-901 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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  • Luci Fuscaldi Teixeira-Salmela MD,

    1. Department of Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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  • Christina Danielli Coelho de Morais Faria MD,

    1. Department of Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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  • Patrícia Rocha de Brito MD,

    1. Department of Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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  • Francisco Cardoso MD

    1. Department of Clinical Medicine, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Abstract

We evaluated changes in different domains of quality of life (QL) for persons with Parkinson's disease after a program of physical activity. Twenty subjects with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease classified as Stages 1 to 3 on the Hoehn and Yahr scale and with a mean age of 61.5 ± 9.8 years participated in 36 group sessions of a combined group program of aerobic conditioning and muscular strengthening. QL was investigated by the Nottingham Health Profile, a generic questionnaire composed of six domains. Student's paired t tests indicated significant gains associated with the program (P < 0.05) on the total score and those related to emotional reactions (ER), social interactions (SI), and physical ability (PA). SI was the domain that showed the greatest program gains (41.4%). The program of physical activity performed with persons with Parkinson's disease at light to moderate stages resulted in improvements in their perception of QL, mainly in the domains of ER, SI, and PA. © 2006 Movement Disorder Society

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