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MENDES, Felipe Augusto dos Santos et al. Parkinson's disease patients are able to improve their performance in Xbox Kinect'®s virtual tasks: “a series of cases”. Motri. [online]. 2015, vol.11, n.3, pp.68-80. ISSN 1646-107X.

The utility of videogames in rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson's disease (PPD) has been demonstrated. However, the discussion about the selection of the games used is still scarce, although crucial for the recommendation of its therapeutic use. No studies involving the use of Xbox Kinect® (XK) in the rehabilitation of PPD have been found. The objective of this study was to investigate the PPD modifications of performance through changes in the scores in each session, in different games of XK. Seven PPD in stages from mild to moderate performed 14 training sessions in 4 games selected. The scores were recorded for analysis of the performance curve intersessions. Analyzes of variance for repeated measures were made considering a group and 14 sessions, followed by post hoc Tukey-Kramer tests to verify the differences between sessions (p ≤ 0.05). The results showed that PPD improved their performances in every game but reaching such improvements at different speeds. It was concluded that the ability to improve performance in XK games, in PPD of study, depends on the demands of the games and the presence of factors facilitating learning, emphasizing the importance of the games selection for the purpose of the rehabilitation.

Palavras-chave : Parkinson’s disease; learning; Virtual Reality; Exposure Therapy.

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