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Dementia & Neuropsychologia

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BARBOSA, Alessandra Ferreira et al. Gait, posture and cognition in Parkinson's disease. Dement. neuropsychol. [online]. 2016, vol.10, n.4, pp.280-286. ISSN 1980-5764.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s1980-5764-2016dn1004005.

Gait disorders and postural instability are the leading causes of falls and disability in Parkinson's disease (PD). Cognition plays an important role in postural control and may interfere with gait and posture assessment and treatment. It is important to recognize gait, posture and balance dysfunctions by choosing proper assessment tools for PD. Patients at higher risk of falling must be referred for rehabilitation as early as possible, because antiparkinsonian drugs and surgery do not improve gait and posture in PD.

Keywords : gait; cognition; Parkinson's disease; fall; gait assessment.

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