The Therapeutics Effects of Yoga in Individuals With Parkinson's Disease

This study has been completed.
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University of Kansas Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 6, 2006
Last updated: August 17, 2007
Last verified: August 2007

To determine if yoga is beneficial in improving physical function quality of life and medical status in people with Parkinson's disease

Condition Intervention
Parkinson's Disease
Behavioral: Yoga Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Official Title: The Therapeutic Effects of Yoga in Individuals With Parkinson's Disease

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Further study details as provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pulmonary function test, serum protein levels BP, HR, RR, strength testing using microFET, flexibility and range of motion testing using goniometer, balance/posture gait optitrk system, Berg balance scale

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale
  • Hoehn & Yahr Classification Scale

Estimated Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Detailed Description:

This pilot study is a randomized controlled study of 20-30 individuals with Parkinson's disease will have a control group with no training and a research group with yoga training. The control group will have the opportunity to attend yoga training of the same intensity after the study is completed. The effects of yoga will not be on the control group. Data on physical function will be derived from assessments including strength, balance, flexibility, ROM. gait, posture and functional analysis performed in the Georgia Holland Cardiopulmonary and Neuromuscular Research Lab. Questionnaires related to quality of life, depression and falls will determine psychological impact or yoga training. Vital signs, pulmonary function tests and blood draws will be done in the General Clinical research Center (GCRC) and protein analysis will be done in the diabetes research lab.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Stage 1-3 Hoehn & Yahr

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Decline in immune function
  • 6 month joint surgery
  • spinal fusions
  • decline in mental status measured by Folstein Mini Mental Status Exam
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00312559

United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Kansas Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Yvonne Searls, PT, PhD University of Kansas Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00312559     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10214
Study First Received: April 6, 2006
Last Updated: August 17, 2007
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Kansas Medical Center:
Parkinson's Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Parkinsonian Disorders processed this record on October 08, 2015