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

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Goldberg Foundation
Information provided by:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 14, 2010
Last updated: June 23, 2011
Last verified: June 2011

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.

We Aim to Study Gait and Balance Issues Associated With Parkinson's 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: December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (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


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 79 Years
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
Goldberg Foundation
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Daniel Tarsy, MD, Director of Movement Disorders Center at 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: June 23, 2011
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
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Parkinsonian Disorders processed this record on March 01, 2015