The clinical value of patient home videos in movement disorders

Andrew Billnitzer, Joseph Jankovic

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Background: Numerous studies have shown the value of patient home video recordings within the field of epilepsy. Despite the growing influence of mobile technology and telemedicine, there is a paucity of studies examining the role of home videos in the diagnosis of movement disorders. Objective: To characterize the clinical value of patient home videos in a movement disorders practice. Methods: We performed a retrospective review from our video database over the past 10 years and identified 20 encounters where an in-person, clinic evaluation and studio video were supplemented by a home video. We reviewed these encounters to determine if the home video added additional value to the clinic video. The home videos were screened by 3 movement disorders attendings and 3 movement disorders fellows to assess for quality and to determine whether or not the patient phenomenology could accurately be identified. Results: Of the 20 videos identified, 10 (50%) were determined to be of additional clinical value. In 62.4% of evaluations movement disorders attendings and fellows were able to identify phenomenology from the home videos consistent with the final diagnosis. Videos rated as “poor” quality had significantly lower odds of leading to a correct phenomenology (odd ratio: 0.07, 95% confidence interval [0.01–0.72]) than those rated as “excellent” quality. Conclusions: Patients should be encouraged to produce good quality home videos, particularly in paroxysmal or fluctuating movement disorders, as they may add value to the eventual diagnosis and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number37
JournalTremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
StatePublished - 2021


  • Home videos
  • Mobile technology
  • Movement disorders
  • Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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