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About perceived walking difficulties with Parkinson´s disease

Manzur Kader

Photo: Arman Ahamed Subash.

On June 14, 2018 Manzur Kader, former PhD student at Lund University and SWEAH, defended his thesis.

Download the thesis: Activity avoidance, perceived walking difficulties, and use of mobility devices in people with Parkinson's disease

Four questions to Manzur Kader:

What was at the heart of the discussion?
- The opponent started with a general discussion about all core themes of my thesis. Then she asked specific questions from four studies in the thesis. Such as recruitment and data collection procedure, different concepts and definitions of near falls and falls, use of statistical analysis, classical test theory in my psychometric study, and use of the follow-up study.

- However, the discussion was primarily a more general discussion to put the results in perspective. For example, limitations of using self-reported or recall measures, how to apply my study results in society, and the generalizability of the findings.  

- The examination committee brought up some more addition aspects such as whether use of medication was considered while interpreting the study results, some aspect of validity in a questionnaire, and some unexpected findings of my thesis.

Is there anything special that you take with you from the discussions?
- To think about different possible sources of bias in the results. Interpretation of different definitions or concepts could affect participants’ responses and thus affect the results.

- The importance of implementing the findings in the “real” world and what to do with the new findings if it takes a long time before the findings have been implemented.

Manzur Kader

What has SWEAH meant for you and your dissertation work?
- SWEAH gave me opportunity to participate in several courses and meetings organized by it, which expanded and deepened my knowledge and enabled me being in a wider community and making new contacts.

- SWEAH has given me opportunity to present and discuss about my own work with students from different disciplines such as Sociology, Law, Epidemiology, and Nutrition who are doing PhD in Aging and Health.

- SWEAH has provided me financial support by means of annual allowance and external conference/travel grant which enabled me to attend numerous international and national conferences that deepened my knowledge and expanded my network of contacts in the research community.

How do you look at the future – will you continue in research or do you have other plans?
- I believe that this is my first step towards becoming an independent researcher. I wish to continue in academic research, and I believe that the knowledge I gained from PhD work is a good way to move forward.

Read article about the thesis: What affects perceived walking difficulty in Parkinson's disease?

Professor Lillemor Lundin-Olsson, Umeå University.

Examination committee
Professor Ulf Jakobsson, Lund University.
Professor Elisabet Londos, Lund University.
Associate Professor Nil Dizdar, Linköping University.

Main supervisor
Associate Professor Maria H Nilsson, Lund University.

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