The Parkinson Alliances announces results of their 15th survey on “Falls and Fear of Falling in Parkinson’s disease for Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation”.

The latest report on Falls in Parkinson’s disease has been released and is available here.

Falls are highly prevalent in PD and increase in frequency as PD progresses. Additionally, DBS appears to increase the risk of having a fall. Consistent with other research, the experience of falls has an adverse impact on psychosocial constructs, such as social interaction and emotional well-being. The implications are many and are highlighted within this report, such as routinely discussing fall prevention during doctor’s visits, and utilizing a multidisciplinary treatment team to help address symptoms related to falls.

1,153 individuals participated in the survey, including 334 with PD who underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and 819 with PD without DBS.



Some of the take home points of this study include:

What you can do

The Parkinson Alliance is currently looking for participants for its survey on “Sleep and Parkinson’s Disease:  A Comparison Between Individuals with and without Deep Brain Stimulation.”  There is no charge— all you have to do is provide your mailing address, complete and mail the survey back.  A paid return envelope is provided.  All information is confidential!  Here’s how you can contact The Parkinson Alliance to sign up to receive the latest survey.

Click here to learn why your participation is so important.