A Study to Understand the Differences of Walking on a Treadmill and Overground in Patients with Parkinson's Disease


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 16-009037
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 16-009037

About this study

The purpose of this study is to compare treadmill walking and over ground walking gait characteristics in people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects must have a medical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, and be capable of ambulating independently for 12 minutes to be included in the study.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Subjects will be excluded if they have impaired cognition as assessed by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, are unable to ambulate continuously for 12 minutes, have a past history of neurologic conditions other than Parkinson’s disease, or have any orthopedic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, or visual condition affecting the subject’s ability to walk.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Debra Ness, P.T., D.Sc., DScPT, NCS

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Debra Ness P.T., D.Sc., DScPT, NCS