Summary Update for A Pilot Study for Quantitative Assessment of Gait in Essential Tremor Using Wireless Sensors

Principal Investigator: Vibhash Sharma, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center

January 2019 Update

Since receiving the grant, the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center has made good progress on this study.

We modified our protocol as suggested by the medical advisory board to compare parameters in patients with essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease using DaTscan as a gold standard for diagnosis. In those who underwent DaTscan we plan to examine differences in gait measure between patients who had positive vs negative DaTscan.

We have received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the University of Kansas Medical Center for the modified study protocol. We have requested and received information through our university data extraction process from Epic identifying 343 subjects who have undergone DaTscan. We have subsequently created a database with these findings. We are currently reviewing the results of the DaTscans to identify ET and PD patients. Following this, we will be doing gait assessments for these subjects and look at differences in gait parameters. We are currently collecting gait parameters from healthy controls.