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A Pilot, Randomized Controlled Trial of Group Visits for Persons With Parkinson's Disease (GROUP-PD)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00528086
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 11, 2007
Last Update Posted : May 25, 2010
National Parkinson Foundation
Information provided by:
University of Rochester

Brief Summary:
To determine patient satisfaction with group visits versus standard of care delivery for patients with Parkinson's disease.

Condition or disease
Parkinson's Disease Parkinson's Disease Patient Caregivers

Detailed Description:
To establish the feasibility and to estimate the benefit of group visits for individuals with PD and their caregivers. The feasibility will be assessed by the ability to enroll and retain (measured by number of individuals who complete the 12-month study and at least half the study visits) ~40 individuals in the pilot trial. The responsiveness of the following different outcomes to group visits will be assessed during the pilot trial: quality of life, patient satisfaction, depression, caregiver burden, resource utilization, and disease progression. The primary outcome measure for efficacy will be a comparison of the change in the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39 from baseline to 12 months in the control (routine care) and intervention (group visit) groups.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Single Center, Randomized Controlled, Pilot Study Comparing Group Visits Versus Routine Clinical Care for Participants With Parkinson's Disease (PD).
Study Start Date : September 2007
Primary Completion Date : August 2009
Study Completion Date : August 2009

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Parkinson disease patients and their family members or caregivers randomly assigned to receive their PD care in group visit format.
Parkinson disease patients and their family members or caregivers randomly assigned to receive their PD care in standard of care format (one-on-one physician-patient visits).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The feasibility (based on the ability to enroll and retain 40 individuals) and benefit (based on the 12-month change in PDQ-39) of group visits for individuals with Parkinson disease and their caregivers. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Study participants will be recruited from Drs. Dorsey, Biglan, and Marshall's patient populations from the Parkinson disease clinic at the University of Rochester Neurology group.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease as determined by having two of the four cardinal features of PD (rest tremor, bradykinesia, cogwheel rigidity, and gait instability) and no alternative explanation for the etiology of the symptoms
  • Willing and able to provide informed consent and to participate actively in group visits and complete study activities

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cognitive impairment, psychiatric disorder, or history of or current clinically significant substance abuse that in the investigator's judgment could interfere in the conduct of group visits or with study participation.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00528086

United States, New York
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, United States, 14618
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
National Parkinson Foundation
Principal Investigator: E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: Kevin Biglan, MD, MPH University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: Fred Marshall, MD University of Rochester


Responsible Party: E. Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, University of Rochester
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00528086     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RSRB00019885
First Posted: September 11, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 25, 2010
Last Verified: May 2010

Keywords provided by University of Rochester:
Group visits

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases