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Impact of Dance Therapy on Parkinson's Disease

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01428648
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Recruitment slow)
First Posted : September 5, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2015
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Arkansas

Brief Summary:
Parkinson's disease (PD) affects ability of individuals to perform unconscious learned motor tasks, affects quality of life and has been associated with depression. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of dance therapy on motor performance, quality of life and depression in PD patients, by comparing certain symptoms between a group of subjects with PD who undergo ballroom dancing classes and a control group of subjects with PD. The investigators will assess mental status, severity of PD, quality of life and depression using rating scales. Subjects will be randomized to intervention and control group. Intervention group will participate in dance therapy for 12 weeks and will be examined at 12 and 20 weeks. Control group will be examined at same time intervals. Classes will follow a curriculum designed by Arthur Murray Dance Studio Staff. The investigators do not anticipate significant risk for participants.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Parkinson's Disease Behavioral: Ballroom Dancing Classes Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Impact of Dance Therapy on Parkinson's Disease
Study Start Date : August 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: intervention
group of patients receiving ballroom dancing classes
Behavioral: Ballroom Dancing Classes
bi-weekly, 12-Week ballroom dance classes

No Intervention: control
group of patients who will not receive dancing classes.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Effect of ballroom dancing classes on motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ]
    The improvement in participant's motor function will be measured by the UPRS III score. The aim is to detect an 18-20% difference in UPDRS III scores among the two groups.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Effect of ballroom dancing classes on depression in patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ]
    The improvement in participant's depression will be measured by the Hamilton Depression Scale.

  2. Effect of ballroom dancing classes on quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ]
    The improvement in participant's quality of life will be measured by the Parkinson's Disease-39 questionnaire PDQ-39 scale.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years and older, both males and females, all races and all ethnicities
  • Idiopathic Parkinson's disease diagnosed using United Kingdom Parkinson's Disease Society brain bank diagnostic criteria
  • Mild to moderate disease severity (Stage 2 to 3 on the Modified Hoehn and Yahr scale)
  • Stable medication regimen for a minimum of 1 month before testing
  • Ability to ambulate independently without using a walking aid
  • Ability to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior enrollment in a dancing class during the last 6 months
  • Presence of another neurological or medical disorder likely to affect gait or causing frequent falls (rheumatologic/orthopedic disease, stroke, myelopathy, severe neuropathy)
  • Significant cognitive decline (MMSE ≤ 24)
  • Visual deficit
  • Hearing deficit that impairs music perception
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Symptomatic heart disease
  • Depression associated with suicidal ideation

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01428648


Locations
United States, Arkansas
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, 72205
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arkansas
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Nancy Maalouf, MD University of Arkansas

Publications:

Responsible Party: University of Arkansas
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01428648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 133272
First Posted: September 5, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015

Keywords provided by University of Arkansas:
Parkinson
ballroom dancing

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