The Effect of An Exercise-Based Intervention to the Quality of Life of Patients Suffering From Parkinson's Disease: Prospective StudyNatália Mariano Barboza1, Isabela Andrelino de Almeida1, Luana Beatriz Lemes1, Cyntia Letícia Batistetti1, Hevely Beatriz Celestino dos Santos1, Alessander Danna-dos-Santos2* and Suhaila Mahmoud Smaili Santos1
- *Corresponding Author:
- Alessander Danna-dos-Santos
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Montana, 106 Skaggs Building
32 Campus Drive, Missoula
MT 59812, United States
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: September 05, 2014; Accepted Date: September 246, 2014; Published Date: September 27, 2014
Citation: Barboza NM, Almeida IA, Lemes LB, Batistetti CL, Santos HBC, et al. (2014) The Effect of An Exercise-Based Intervention to the Quality of Life of Patients Suffering From Parkinson’s Disease: Prospective Study. J Yoga PhysTher 4:170. doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000170
Copyright: © 2014 Barboza NM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided theoriginal author and source are credited.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder associated to profound changes in the quality of life of its survivors. This study was designed to investigate the effectiveness of a 16-week program of exercise-based interventions aiming to  improve motor symptoms and  provide social integration of PD patients. To achieve this goal, we analyzed the scores recorded by the Parkinson’s disease Quality of Life questionnaire (PDQL) before and after the intervention. Results revealed significant improvement in overall quality of life of our group of patients (p=0.002). The results also revealed significant improvements in scores recorded from two specific domains of the PDQL assessment tool; Parkinson Symptoms (p=0.002) and Social Functions (p=0.045). These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the 16-week exercise-based protocol proposed was effective to promote improvement in measurements of mobility and social integration of PD patients.