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Parkinson's app could aid sufferers' speech


Nurses who treat Parkinson’s disease sufferers could use a couple of specially designed mobile phone apps to help their patients improve their speech.

Nearly three quarters of the 120,000 Parkinson’s sufferers in the UK develop speech problems, which has prompted the University of Portsmouth’s Dr Roger Eglin to develop the apps to help these people regain their confidence in communicating with others.

The apps feature a feedback meter which measures how loud their speech is compared to background noise to discover what adjustments need to be made to ensure they are heard properly.

They also house a voice training function which would encourage them to speak louder in an effort to make them easier to understand.

Dr Eglin has been awarded a £35,000 grant by Parkinson’s UK to tailor the apps in a year-long project.

He said: “We’ve already developed a basic mobile phone application to improve speech, but it needs to be further improved and tailored specifically for people with Parkinson’s.”

The apps could enable Parkinson’s sufferers to have better access to speech therapy as healthcare professionals could monitor their progress remotely using this technology.



Readers' comments (2)

  • looking forward, to see how effective speech app can be

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  • don't think I can resit the temptation much longer to all of this IT with the development of so many fascinating and promising Apps.
    I just wonder, however, how nurses are going to have the time for all the extra workload of monitoring patients and answering their communications remotely and is nursing of the future mainly going to be a desk job stuck in front of a computer screen or mobile and communicating remotely with their patients without really getting to know them in face to face encounters. IT really does not replace human contact, effective therapeutic relationships and observation of the patient.

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