Title: A Wearable System for Gait Training in Subjects with Parkinson’s Disease
Authors: Casamassima, Filippo *
Ferrari, Alberto *
Milosevic, Bojan *
Ginis, Pieter
Farella, Elisabetta ×
Rocchi, Laura #
Issue Date: 28-Mar-2014
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Series Title: Sensors vol:14 issue:4 pages:6229-6246
Abstract: In this paper, a system for gait training and rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease
(PD) patients in a daily life setting is presented. It is based on a wearable architecture aimed
at the provision of real-time auditory feedback. Recent studies have, in fact, shown that PD
patients can receive benefit from a motor therapy based on auditory cueing and feedback,
as happens in traditional rehabilitation contexts with verbal instructions given by clinical
operators. To this extent, a system based on a wireless body sensor network and a smartphone
has been developed. The system enables real-time extraction of gait spatio-temporal features
and their comparison with a patient’s reference walking parameters captured in the lab under
clinical operator supervision. Feedback is returned to the user in form of vocal messages,
encouraging the user to keep her/his walking behavior or to correct it. This paper describes
the overall concept, the proposed usage scenario and the parameters estimated for the gait
analysis. It also presents, in detail, the hardware-software architecture of the system and the
evaluation of system reliability by testing it on a few subjects.
ISSN: 1424-8220
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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