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Dance Exercise as Novel Complementary Therapy for Parkinson's Disease (DANCE-PD)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Daniel Tarsy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 14, 2010
Last updated: November 17, 2015
Last verified: November 2015
The purpose of this study is to gather data to see if so-called enriched forms of exercise programs such as dance is more effective in improving balance and quality of life in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease than regular exercise programs that are currently provided by physical therapists.

Parkinsons Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Dance Exercise as Novel Complementary Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Balance and Gait improvement [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    We seek to determine if balance and gait are improved as a result of dance therapy. This will be compared to the balance and gait data of group physical therapy.

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Dance Therapy Group
This will group will undergo dance therapy once a week for a series of 8 weeks.
Physical Therapy Group
This group will undergo physical therapy sessions once a week for a series of 8 weeks

Detailed Description:
Comparison of traditional PT to dance in people who have parkinsons disease to measure which is better for gait, balance and QOL.

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 79 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
To qualify for this study, subject must have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease for 3 years or more, be less than 80 years of age, and have problems with gait and balance

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of PD at least 3 years ago
  • Less than 80 years of age
  • Have gait and balance issues

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of PD for less than 3 years
  • 80 years of age or older
  • Not have gait and balance issues
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01163344

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Daniel Tarsy, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Veronique Vanderhorst, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Daniel Tarsy, Principal Investigator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT01163344     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010-P-000029 
Study First Received: July 14, 2010
Last Updated: November 17, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
Gait, balance, Parkinson's Disease

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 December 09, 2016