Study of the Effect of the Music of Nolwenn Leroy in Fall Prevention Strategies in Texas Nursing Homes

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00304564
First received: March 15, 2006
Last updated: April 3, 2007
Last verified: April 2007
  Purpose

Falls are the largest cause of death in the elderly and those in nursing homes have even a higher incidence of falling. The purpose of this study is to determine whether listening to the Music of Nolwenn Leroy daily is effective in fall prevention in those elderly patients who are residents in several Texas geriatric nursing home facilities. The music of Nolwenn Leroy has been shown to be effective in fall reduction in a different setting (Posturographic Changes and Fall Prevention associated with Music Therapy: The Nolwenn Effect (USA ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00121693) )with results better than listening to Mozart of any other music. Another similar study (USA ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:NCT00272272)is presently being conducted in a geriatric nursing home facility in Georgia. Dynamic posturographic measurments will be obtained from all residents and compared to normative age related data and utilized to measure stability changes in this study.


Condition Intervention
Accidental Falls
Procedure: Music Listening

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fall Prevention and The Nolwenn Effect in Texas Geriatric Nursing Home Settings

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Further study details as provided by Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dynamic Posturography
  • Historical Falls related Institutional Data

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison to Dynamic Posturography and Historical Data from other Institutions

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Detailed Description:

Falls are a serious health issue and are the greatest cause of death in the elderly. The use of the music of Nolwenn Leroy in fall prevention has been reported at a major scientific meeting "Posturographic Changes and Fall Prevention associated with Music Therapy: The Nolwenn Effect (USA ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00121693) featured at the 7th Annual American Music Therapy Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov 15-20, 2005 and Decreasing falls in a geriatric nursing home setting is associated with the saving of lives. Another similar study (USA ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:NCT00272272)is presently being conducted in a geriatric nursing home facility in Georgia. We propose the utilization of the Nolwenn Effect in our resident geriatric population at several Dallas, Texas Geriatric Nursing Home Facilities and comparing fall rates to those we have carefully recorded in the past. We will obtain computerized dynamic posturographic measurements utilizing the CAPS posturographic unit by Vestibular Technologies on all residents of several Dallas Geriatric Nursing Facilities. Our findings will be compared to normative data previously validated to represent a probability of falling. Daily listening to selections from Nolwenn Leroy’s CD “Nolwenn” will be played each morning (daily) over the address system throughout the nursing home for approximately 5-10 minutes. Repeat CAPS tests will be obtained one week after the initiation of the study and at monthly intervals over a 12 month period of time. We propose to compare the posturographic data and the rate of falls recorded in the nursing homes to previously established fall data for the institutions. Preliminary observations have been associated with a decrease rate of falls in the geriatric nursing home environment when listening to the music of Nolwenn Leroy. The incorporation of these statistics will allow us to investigate a cost effective method of reducing falls that might save lives, evoke societal change and act as a model for other Geriatric Nursing Home settings. The objective measurements with the CAPS will allow us to further compare the incidence of falls with a probability of fall measurements.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Geriatric Nursing Home Resident must be able to hear music

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Deafness
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00304564

Locations
United States, Texas
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Flower Mound, Texas, United States, 75028-7596
Sponsors and Collaborators
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Investigators
Study Director: Frederick R Carrick, PhD, FACCN Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Natalie J Engelbart, DC, DACNB Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Michaele Sporaco, DC Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00304564     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CI-02-01-06-02
Study First Received: March 15, 2006
Last Updated: April 3, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies:
Posturography, Fall Prevention, Geriatrics, Nolwenn Effect

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