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A study of the impact of rehabilitation on Friedreich ataxia

posted on 21.03.2018, 22:28 authored by SARAH CATHERINE MILNE
Friedreich ataxia is a progressive, life shortening neurological disorder. Symptoms appear on average at 10 years of age and include poor arm and leg coordination and loss of mobility. Affected people require a wheel-chair around 15 years later. This research examined the impact of a six-week outpatient rehabilitation program on balance, the ability to complete daily activities and health and well-being. It demonstrated rehabilitation improves health and well-being in individuals with Friedreich ataxia. Rehabilitation also improved the ability to function and balance. These results mean that rehabilitation should be offered to all people with Friedreich ataxia.


Principal supervisor

Martin Delatycki

Additional supervisor 1

Louise Corben

Additional supervisor 2

Eppie Yiu

Additional supervisor 3

Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences