Weekly Exercise Does Not Improve Fatigue Levels in Parkinson's Disease

Charlotte Winward*, Cath Sackley, Charmaine Meek, Hooshang Izadi, Karen Barker, Derick Wade, Helen Dawes

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Fatigue is one of the most disabling non-motor symptoms for people with Parkinson's disease. Exercise may modify fatigue. This study examines prescribed exercise effects on physical activity levels, well-being, and fatigue in Parkinson's disease.In this single-blinded trial, participants were randomly assigned to either a 12 week community exercise program or control group. Primary outcome measures were fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale) and physical activity.Thirty-nine people with Parkinson's disease were included: 20 in exercise and 19 in control. Sixty-five percent of the study group were fatigued (n = 24, mean 4.02, SD 1.48). Increased fatigue was associated with lower mobility and activity (P <.05). Individuals participated in a mean of 15 (SD 10) exercise sessions with no significant change in fatigue, mobility, well-being, or physical activity after exercise (P ? .05).Participation in weekly exercise did not improve fatigue in people with Parkinson's Disease. Movement Disorder Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-146
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • fatigue
  • Fatigue Severity Scale
  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • Parkinson's disease

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