Improving DBS outcomes

The field of neuromodulation has been a major breakthrough for the treatment of the motor symptoms of Parkinson disease. Clinicians that manage PD patients post-surgery have done so largely based on clinical visual assessments and patient self-reported diaries. Patient variability in terms of disease severity and medication being used along with other neuromodulatory variables make finding the most effective treatment planning challenging. To consolidate all this data from individual patient visits is a difficult task. Improvements in mobility, reduction of disabling motor symptoms (such as motor fluctuations, dyskinesia and tremor) and optimizing treatment are the primary goals of DBS project and can be done so by using full body sensors that can monitor PD symptoms outside of the hospital environment. To learn more about this surgical procedure, visit the LHSC's recently published article on DBS treatment