Fall Prevention and Music Therapy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: July 15, 2005
Last updated: July 21, 2005
Last verified: July 2005
The purpose of this study is to determine whether listening to music will demonstrate changes in human postural stability and whether those changes might be useful in fall prevention strategies.

Condition Intervention
Accidental Falls
Behavioral: Music therapy (listening to specific music)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Posturographic Changes Associated With Music Therapy and Fall Prevention: The Nolwenn Effect

Further study details as provided by Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pretest and posttest scores will be collected for ten treatment conditions at three post-treatment times (10 minutes, 1 week, and 1 month)

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: December 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2004
Detailed Description:

Falls are a serious health issue and are the greatest cause of death in the elderly. The use of music therapy in fall prevention has not been reported in the literature. This investigation will provide experimental support to the assumption that music therapy may prevent falls and that certain music can affect increases in postural stability using randomly selected subjects, validated posturography and a full experimental design.

Computer dynamic posturography (CDP) tests will provide stability scores in volunteer subjects who have had no previous history of falls or vertigo. Subjects will be randomized into several different music listening groups and one control group. Examiners will be blinded as to the music listened to and the outcome measurements. Subjects will be blinded as to their posturographic measurements. The music listening groups will be given a daily specific music listening task. CDP tests will be obtained 10 minutes, 1 week and 1 month after subject’s treatment. Music selection will include Mozart, Nolwenn Leroy and others suggested to change human stability.


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 90 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • No history of previous fall(s) or dizziness

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of previous fall(s) or dizziness
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00121693

United States, Florida
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, 32920
Sponsors and Collaborators
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Study Director: Frederick R Carrick, PhD, FACCN Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Elena Ogerro, PhD Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Guido Pagnacco, PhD Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00121693     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CI-01-03
Study First Received: July 15, 2005
Last Updated: July 21, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies:
Fall prevention
music therapy

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 27, 2015