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Physiotherapy and occupational therapy do not improve early Parkinson’s disease, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i366
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy provide no clinically meaningful benefits to activities of daily living or quality of life, either immediately or in the medium term, for patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease, a study has found.1

Parkinson’s disease causes problems with activities of daily living such as putting on clothes or brushing teeth, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended in 2006 that physiotherapy and occupational therapy should be available to all patients with Parkinson’s disease.2 But provision of these services varies widely, as some areas offer them from diagnosis and others not …

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