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Gait Characteristics And Falls In Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis [Accepted Manuscript], Mark W. Creaby, Michael H. Cole Dec 2018

Gait Characteristics And Falls In Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis [Accepted Manuscript], Mark W. Creaby, Michael H. Cole

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Introduction: Given the high rate of falls during walking in people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), identifying at risk individuals and developing targeted interventions to reduce falls incidence is paramount. Numerous studies have investigated gait-related risk factors for falls in PD, however findings are inconsistent across studies, and thus a synthesis of the current evidence is needed to guide clinical practice and the development of interventions to reduce falls risk. The objective of this study was to systematically review the literature regarding the association between walking biomechanics and falls in people with PD, and where possible, perform meta-analyses. Methods ...