Development of a Physical Therapy Telehealth Examination Battery for People with Parkinson Disease


  • Chelsea E. Macpherson Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Julie Fineman Marist College
  • Anuja Chandrana Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Lori Quinn Teachers College, Columbia University



Algorithm (Decision tree), Examination, Parkinson disease, Physical therapy, Telehealth


Scope: The rapid transition to telehealth following the COVID-19 pandemic raised challenges for remote delivery of physical therapy. One challenge was identifying outcome measures for people with Parkinson Disease (PwP) that could safely be conducted via telehealth. This paper evaluates the feasibility of a telehealth physical therapy examination battery for PwP in early to middle stage of disease progression. Methodology: We reviewed recommended outcome measures from the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT) Parkinson Evidence Database to Guide Effectiveness (EDGE) document and evaluated their appropriateness for remote administration. A clinical decision tree was created to streamline the examination process, incorporating elements of the ANPT movement analysis of tasks as a movement screen. The examination battery was then conducted on three PwP and evaluated for safety and feasibility. Conclusion: This physical therapy telehealth examination battery provides physical therapists with a method to conduct safe and efficient remote assessments for PwP.



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How to Cite

Macpherson, C. E., Fineman, J., Chandrana, A., & Quinn, L. (2023). Development of a Physical Therapy Telehealth Examination Battery for People with Parkinson Disease. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 15(2).



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