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Smartphone-Based Estimation of Item 3.8 of the MDS-UPDRS-III for Assessing Leg Agility in People With Parkinson’s Disease

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Goal: In this paper we investigated the use of smartphone sensors and Artificial Intelligence techniques for the automatic quantification of the MDS-UPDRS-Part III Leg Agility (LA) task, representative of lower limb bradykinesia. Methods: We collected inertial data from 93 PD subjects. Four expert neurologists provided clinical evaluations. We employed a novel Artificial Neural Network approach in order to get a continuous output, going beyond the MDS-UPDRS score discretization. Results: We found a Pearson correlation of 0.92 between algorithm output and average clinical score, compared to an inter-rater agreement index of 0.88. Furthermore, the classification error was less than 0.5 scale point in about 80% cases. Conclusions: We proposed an objective and reliable tool for the automatic quantification of the MDS-UPDRS Leg Agility task. In perspective, this tool is part of a larger monitoring program to be carried out during activities of daily living, and managed by the patients themselves.

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