Research Snapshot: A New Approach to Programming Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's

Programming deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices can be challenging and requires specialized training and time. Normally, a clinician needs to meet with the patient several times to define a set of stimulation settings that provide optimal improvement in symptoms. Given clinical assessments can be subjective, programming sessions can oftentimes lead to a trial-and-error process.

University of Minnesota researchers may have found an alternative method, which would speed up the programming process for both clinicians and patients with Parkinson’s disease.  It would identify settings more quickly and easily. The findings from this MnDRIVE project were published in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders