The relationship between executive function, postural instability and gait disturbance in Parkinson's disease

Xu, Dong (2015) The relationship between executive function, postural instability and gait disturbance in Parkinson's disease. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The thesis investigated the relationships between executive function, balance and gait using assessments of cognitive and executive function, a wide range of clinical and biomedical measures of balance and gait, and different dual task paradigms in people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and healthy controls. Furthermore, functional association between executive function and brain activation in the prefrontal cortex was explored using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. The study has revealed greater postural instability and profound changes of gait parameters under dual-tasking for people with PD. Improving executive function may be an effective intervention to improve balance and gait in people with PD.

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ID Code: 91606
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Kerr, Graham & Mengersen, Kerrie
Keywords: brain activation, balance, cerebral oxygenation, cognitive function, dual task, executive function, functional magnetic resonance imaging, falls, functional nearinfrared spectroscopy, gait, Parkinson’s disease, prefrontal cortex, postural sway, postural instability
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 24 May 2016 02:23
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 02:23

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