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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 therapyIdentifying aims of physical therapyEducation about the benefits of physical activityIdentifying barriers to engage physical activitySetting goalsRecruiting social supportSign a health contract to support patients in initiating and maintaining physical activitiesA logbook to describe and monitor the specific goals ParkSafe Brochure: • Education about benefits of physical therapyIdentifying aims of physical therapyEducation 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