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Balance Training in Parkinson's Disease Using the Wii Balance Board

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Identifier:
First received: August 31, 2010
Last updated: July 26, 2011
Last verified: July 2011
The purpose of this study is to assess the facilitation of balance in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients using the Nintendo Wii fit, with the ultimate goal of developing a program for function and fitness in this patient population. In this study, PD patients will participate in group exercise classes using the Wii Fit and the effects on balance, postural sway, and quality of life assessed.

Condition Intervention
Parkinson's Disease Other: Balance Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of the Effects of Balance Training Using the Wii Balance Board on Balance and Ambulation in Adults With Parkinson's Disease

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Further study details as provided by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Berg Balance Scale [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Dynamic Gait Index [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • Parkinson's Disease QOL Questionnaire (PDQ-8) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • Postural Sway [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: August 2010
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Balance Training
Balance training using Wii Fit Balance Board
Other: Balance Training
Group balance training sessions three times a week for 8 weeks
Other Name: Wii (Registered Trademark) Balance Board

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Adult, 18 years or greater
  2. The patient is able to provide informed consent.
  3. Definitive Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease as diagnosed by a Neurologist
  4. Hoehn and Yahr Stage 2.5-3
  5. Able to ambulate at least 150 ft without an assistive device per patient report
  6. On stable doses of Parkinson's medications for at least 2 weeks prior to study onset
  7. Endurance sufficient to stand at least 20 minutes unassisted per patient report

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) < 24
  2. Anticipated change in Parkinson's medications in the duration of study
  3. Uncontrolled orthostasis
  4. Symptomatic coronary artery disease
  5. Fracture of lower limb within 6 months prior to study onset
  6. Other neurologic diagnosis, including Multiple Sclerosis
  7. Other vestibular disease
  8. Untreated severe depression (depression of greater than or equal 20 on the Geriatric Depression Scale)
  9. Acute illness
  10. History of, or current, alcohol abuse
  11. Significant visual impairment that would inhibit ability to participate in study, with distance vision >20/40
  12. Drug induced or inherited Parkinson's Disease
  13. Physical therapy within the month prior to study entry
  14. Use of the Wii balance board at home as an exercise program
  15. Significant camptocormia
  16. Physical Therapy during the study duration
  17. Any medical condition which the physician investigator determines would compromise the safety of exercise program for the subject.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01228851

United States, Illinois
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
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Responsible Party: Santiago Toledo MD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Identifier: NCT01228851     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 30775
Study First Received: August 31, 2010
Last Updated: July 26, 2011

Keywords provided by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab:
Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease with balance deficits
H&Y 2.5-3

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 August 16, 2017