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A web application for follow-up of results from a mobile device test battery for Parkinson’s disease patients
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurology.
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2011 (English)In: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, ISSN 0169-2607, E-ISSN 1872-7565, Vol. 104, no 2, 219-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A test battery consisting of self-assessments and motor tests for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) was constructed and implemented on a hand computer with touch screen in a telemedicine setting. In this work, a Web-based system was developed to deliver decision support information to treating clinical staff for assessing PD symptoms in their patients. Test results from the hand unit are transferred to a central server and processed into scores for different symptom dimensions and an “overall test score” reflecting the overall condition of the patient during a test period. The IBM Computer System Usability Questionnaire was administered to assess the users’ satisfaction with the system. Results showed that a majority of users who completed the evaluation were quite satisfied with the usability although a sizeable minority were not.  Response times were tested by simulating up to 100 users accessing the web application at the same time. The average page completion times were in the range of 0.5 seconds indicating fast response. The system was able to summarize the test-battery data and present them in a useful manner. Its main contribution is a novel way to easily access symptom information from the home environment of patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 104, no 2, 219-226 p.
Keyword [en]
Decision support, home assessment, Parkinson’s disease, telemedicine, test battery
National Category
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology Neurology
Research subject
Medical Informatics; Neurology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132633DOI: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2011.07.017ISI: 000296945100024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132633DiVA: diva2:358655
Available from: 2010-10-23 Created: 2010-10-23 Last updated: 2011-12-14Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Decision Support for Treatment of Patients with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Decision Support for Treatment of Patients with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Beslutsstöd för behandling av patienter med avancerad Parkinsons sjukdom
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis was to develop, deploy and evaluate new IT-based methods for supporting treatment and assessment of treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease. In this condition a number of different motor and non-motor symptoms occur in episodes of varying frequency, duration and severity. In order to determine outcome of treatment changes, repeated assessments are necessary. Hospitalization for observation is expensive and may not be representative for the situation at home. Paper home diaries have questionable reliability and storage and retrieval of results are problematic. Approaches for monitoring using wearable sensors are unable to address important non-motor symptoms.

A test battery system consisting of both self-assessments of symptoms and motor function tests was constructed for a touch screen mobile phone. Tests are performed on several occasions per day during test periods of one week. Data is transmitted over the mobile net to a central server where summaries in different symptom dimensions and an overall test score per patient and test period are calculated. There is a web application that graphically presents the results to treating clinical staff. As part of this work, a novel method for assessment of spiral drawing impairment useful during event-driven sampling was developed. To date, the system has been used by over 100 patients in 10 clinics in Sweden and Italy. Evidence is growing that the test battery is useful, reliable and valid for assessment of symptoms during advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Infusion of a levodopa/carbidopa gel into the small intestine has been shown to reduce variation in plasma drug levels and improve clinical response in this patient category. A pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic model of this intestinal gel infusion was constructed. Possibly this model can assist the process of individualization of dosage for this treatment through in numero simulations. Results from an exploratory data analysis indicate that severity measures during oral levodopa treatment may be factors to consider when deciding candidates for infusion treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. 76 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 621
Parkinson’s disease, telemedicine, motor test, tapping, spiral, self-assessment, home-assessment, outcome measure, electronic diary, patient-reported outcome, remote patient monitoring, levodopa, infusion, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic
National Category
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
Research subject
Medical Informatics
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132635 (URN)978-91-554-7947-3 (ISBN)
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2010-12-18, Rudbecksalen, Rudbecklaboratoriet, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-11-26 Created: 2010-10-23 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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