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Table 1 The ParkFit and the ParkSafe program

From: Design and baseline characteristics of the ParkFit study, a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of a multifaceted behavioral program to increase physical activity in Parkinson patients

  ParkFit ParkSafe
Intensity
Year 1
Maximum of 19 physical therapy sessions based on problems and
disabilities as perceived by each individual patient; the systematic way of
tailoring goals is described in the evidence-based guideline for physical
therapy in PD
Maximum of 35 physical therapy sessions based on problems and
disabilities as perceived by each individual patient; the systematic way
of tailoring goals is described in the evidence-based guideline
for physical therapy in PD
  16 coaching sessions to identify and focus on individual beliefs and aims to
promote a physically active lifestyle
 
Intensity
Year 2
Maximum of 23 physical therapy sessions based on problems and
disabilities as perceived by each individual patient
Maximum of 35 physical therapy sessions based on problems and
disabilities as perceived by each individual patient
  12 coaching sessions to identify and focus on individual beliefs and aims to
promote a physically active lifestyle
 
Specific Elements ParkFit Brochure:
Education about benefits of physical therapy
Identifying aims of physical therapy
Education about the benefits of physical activity
Identifying barriers to engage physical activity
Setting goals
Recruiting social support
Sign a health contract to support patients in initiating and maintaining
physical activities
A logbook to describe and monitor the specific goals
ParkSafe Brochure:
Education about benefits of physical therapy
Identifying aims of physical therapy
Education about the importance of safety when performing
daily activities
  Physical therapist:
who treat the patient in order to obtain the aims of
the individual projected treatment plan
Personal Activity Coach:
who guide patients towards a more active
lifestyle
Physical therapist:
who treat the patient in order to obtain the aims of
the individual projected treatment plan
  Goal setting: creating goals to increase the level
of physical activity in order to obtain the half-
year-goals as formulated in the health contract;
goals will be evaluated as well as experienced
barriers and possible solving techniques
 
  Ambulatory Activity Monitor: gives visual
feedback about the level of physical activity
during the day
 
  Bi-annual newsletter: specific information about
physical activity, general information about
Parkinson's disease, and general entertainment in
order to facilitate compliance
Bi-annual newsletter: specific information about
physical therapy, general information about
Parkinson's disease, and general entertainment in
order to facilitate compliance