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A smart glove to monitor Parkinson’s disease

Testing a sensor-based glove can help remote Parkinson’s disease care and rehabilitation

Rapidly developing technology has brought new possibilities for healthcare delivery. Telehealth solutions, wearable technology, and sensors, can improve access to care for people living in remote areas and support elderly people´s independent living. The SENDoc project has throughout 13 demonstrator projects tested whether wearable sensor technologies can be used for prevention, diagnosis, and rehabilitation purposes. In one of the demonstrations, the Irish partner tested whether a wearable sensor-based glove could be used to monitor Parkinson´s disease. In total, 22 participants aged 50+ participated in the study, in which they wore a sensor glove while executing six hand movements. The study has shown that the wearable sensors, could be used to bridge the gap between infrequent face-to-face clinical visits and facilitate remote Parkinson’s disease care and rehabilitation.

Photo credit and copyright: SENDoc project


Prof Suzanne Timmons

University College Cork, Centrum for Gerontology and Rehabilitation

This project was highly innovative and, as a geriatrician, I learned a lot about wireless monitors and their use in rehabilitation. This project also strengthened my links with local Parkinson's groups and gave me a new appreciation of the lived experience of people with Parkinson's. It also was a great example of Patient and Public Involvement, where our research approach was informed by people with Parkinson’s disease.