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Benefits of Exercise and Education for Individuals With Parkinson's Disease (BEEP)

This study has been completed.
Royal University Hospital Foundation
Information provided by:
University of Saskatchewan Identifier:
First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: October 4, 2007
Last verified: September 2006
The research outlined in the BEEP proposal aims to test whether a 12 week exercise program alone or combined with a 12 session education program will benefit the physical, emotional and social well being of individuals in early to mid stages of Parkinson's Disease compared to a Control group and whether these benefits are maintained once the programs are complete and over the following 9 months.

Condition Intervention Phase
Parkinson Disease
Procedure: Exercise, Education
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of the Benefits of a Group Exercise Program and a Group Exercise and Education Program for Individuals With Parkinson's Disease (BEEP)

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Further study details as provided by University of Saskatchewan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • all variables measured at baseline, post intervention, months following, and 9 months following.
  • Stanford Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease
  • The Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale
  • Timed Up and Go Test(TUG)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Northwestern University Disability Scale:
  • Schwab & England ADL Scale:) independence in ADL
  • Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire - Short Form (PDQ - 8):
  • Beliefs about Symptom Specific Expectancies:
  • Social and Physical Activities Questionnaire:

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: September 2005
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Detailed Description:

The BEEP proposal tests whether a 12 week exercise program alone or combined with a 12 session education program will benefit the physical, emotional and social well being of individuals in early to mid stages of Parkinson's Disease and whether these benefits are maintained once the programs are complete.

This is a single blind randomized control trial with pretest and posttests after a 3 month intervention and subsequent follow-up testing at 3 months and 9 months post intervention. The Intervention groups (group exercise, group exercise and education) will be compared to a control group and to each other. Each group will have 15 participants.

The study compares the interventions and control groups to determine the following health outcomes:

  • physical performance
  • levels of physical and social activity
  • perceived quality of life
  • perceived self efficacy for managing chronic neurological disease

Analysis of variance will be used to test for group differences.

The Interventions: Exercise Group: Two, 75 minute sessions per week for 24 sessions. Program components include flexibility and strengthening exercises, balance and posture training, practice of functional tasks and endurance training. Education and Exercise Group: Exercise, same as for Exercise Group, delivered simultaneously to both intervention groups.

Education: One, 75 minute session per week for 12 sessions at RUH, including:

  • disease process and clinical presentation
  • medication use in PD
  • benefits of exercise
  • managing movement difficulties and tips for performance of functional activities
  • assistive devices for improved independence and safety
  • driving
  • prevention of falls: movement strategies and home modifications to increase safety
  • speech, swallowing and facial expression
  • nutrition and weight maintenance, managing constipation
  • managing changes in mood & emotions, managing personal relationships
  • coping with life changes caused by PD
  • relaxation methods

Monitoring will occur to limit "informal" education that might occur during the exercise program from this group to the pure Exercise Group.

Control Group: no intervention The proposed study will add to the body of evidence evaluating the immediate and longer term benefits of group exercise programs for individuals with PD and will evaluate the benefits gained by adding an education program to an exercise program intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease or Parkinson Syndrome
  • Stages I-III of disease progression
  • Between 40 and 80 years of age

Exclusion criteria:

  • Acute illness
  • History of significant cardio-pulmonary insufficiency/illness or any other condition which limits physical activity.
  • History of neurological disorder other than Parkinson Disease
  • Diagnosis of dementia or significant cognitive impairments.
  • Mental State Exam (Folstein et al, 1975) score of < 20
  • Beck Depression Inventory-II score of > 20 will be excluded.
  • Participation in an organized community exercise program in the past 6 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00167453

Canada, Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7N 5C8
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital Foundation
Principal Investigator: M Suzanne Sheppard, PhD Saskatoon Health Region
  More Information Identifier: NCT00167453     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Bio-REB 05-71
Study First Received: September 9, 2005
Last Updated: October 4, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Saskatchewan:
Nervous system disease
movement disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017