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Kinetics Foundation and National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Announce their Partnership to Evaluate Objective Parkinson's Disease Measurement System
Date:6/23/2011

two devices that measure dexterity, using keyboard and peg-board tests, and mobility, tracking arm, leg and torso movement as the person being tested rises from a chair, walks across a room and returns.

"The Quality Improvement Initiative is the first program of its kind to systematically evaluate the current standard of care," commented James McNames, Professor and Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Portland State University and Chief Executive Officer of APDM, Inc., who is not affiliated with the study. "This is a great opportunity to help clinicians and patients improve the effectiveness of their therapy and quality of life."

NPF's Quality Improvement Initiative is a consortium of leading experts in PD working together to identify best practices by systematically tracking their patients' therapies and outcomes over time. QII aims to create and share models of excellent care so that every Parkinson's patient receives the most effective treatment options available, whether they are seen by a specialist at an NPF Center of Excellence, a general neurologist or their primary care physician.

About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's with an estimated one million people with the disease in the United States and four to six million worldwide. At present, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease and 50-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

About the National Parkinson Foundation
The National Parkinson Foundation supports a strong network of 43 centers of excellence dedicated to excellence in research and providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to more than 50,000 Parkinson's patients and their families worldwide. Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education, and outreach. Si
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