• University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton

PDSAFE: Physiotherapy and Falls Prevention in Parkinson's

Discover a multi-dimensional approach to falls prevention in Parkinson’s patients, following the PDSAFE clinical trial.

2,421 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Identify how frequent falls in Parkinson’s can be prevented

Falling is a common and disabling consequence of Parkinson’s disease and presents a major health challenge for physiotherapists. It also has a large detrimental effect on the lives of those living with the condition.

Current evidence suggests that falls prevention treatment for Parkinson’s should follow a multi-dimensional approach – including exercises, falls prevention strategies, and functional practice.

This was borne out by the recent PDSAFE clinical trial – exploring the latest personalised treatment for those suffering from mobility and stability issues in Parkinson’s.

Learn the latest physiotherapy treatments for Parkinson’s

On this course, you’ll learn to understand the background evidence and research behind PDSAFE, as well as gain the skills to deliver high quality falls prevention treatment for people living with Parkinson’s.

You’ll explore what the PDSAFE clinical trial concluded, and how this can be applied and delivered in the clinical setting. You’ll learn how to apply this learning to clinical case studies for practical delivery.

What topics will you cover?

  • Background understanding of the problem of falls in people living with Parkinson’s
  • The development of the PDSAFE falls treatment approach
  • The research underpinning the PDSAFE falls treatment approach
  • How to deliver the PDSAFE falls treatment approach with someone with Parkinson’s
  • Case studies to apply your learning of the approach

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the importance of falls for people living with Parkinson's
  • Discuss what the current evidence says about the methods to treat falls in Parkinson's
  • Identify what the clinical trial PDSAFE found out and how this can be applied in the clinical setting
  • Explain how to deliver the PDSAFE falls prevention treatment approach
  • Describe how to apply this learning to clinical case studies for practical delivery

Who is the course for?

This course will benefit pre-registration or registered physiotherapists working with people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Who will you learn with?

Physiotherapist and Associate Professor of Ageing and Rehabilitation at the University of Exeter. Co-investigator on the PDSAFE trial

Mireille Gillings Professor of Health Innovation at the University of Exeter.
I conduct large scale clinical trials and like to disseminate the findings to healthcare professionals via Futurelearn

Emeritus Professor Ann Ashburn was the Chief Investigator for PDSAFE, leading the therapy development and evaluation.

Who developed the course?

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

University of Southampton

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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