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Parkinson’s Disease
Volume 2012, Article ID 856237, 8 pages
Research Article

Community Walking in People with Parkinson's Disease

1School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
2Melbourne School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia
3Department of Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97401, USA

Received 29 July 2011; Accepted 9 September 2011

Academic Editor: Gammon M. Earhart

Copyright © 2012 Robyn M. Lamont et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


People with Parkinson's disease often have walking difficulty, and this is likely to be exacerbated while walking in places in the community, where people are likely to face greater and more varied challenges. This study aims to understand the facilitators and the barriers to walking in the community perceived by people with Parkinson's disease. This qualitative study involved 5 focus groups ( ) of people with Parkinson's disease and their partners residing in metropolitan and rural regions in Queensland, Australia. Results found that people with PD reported to use internal personal strategies as facilitators to community walking, but identified primarily external factors, particularly the environmental factors as barriers. The adoption of strategies or the use of facilitators allows people with Parkinson's disease to cope so that participants often did not report disability.