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Fall Prevention in a Geriatric Nursing Home Setting Using the Music of Nolwenn Leroy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Frederick Carrick, PhD, FACCN, Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies Identifier:
First received: January 3, 2006
Last updated: January 26, 2016
Last verified: January 2016
Falls are the largest cause of death in the elderly and those with dementia have even a higher incidence of falling. The purpose of this study is to determine whether listening to the Music of Nolwenn Leroy is effective in fall prevention in those elderly patients who are residents in a Geriatric Nursing Home Facility. The music of Nolwenn Leroy has been shown to be effective in fall reduction in a different setting (Posturographic Changes and Fall Prevention associated with Music Therapy: The Nolwenn Effect (USA Identifier: NCT00121693) )with results better than listening to Mozart of any other music.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Music Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: The Nolwenn Effect in a Geriatric Nursing Home Setting

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in Fall rate [ Time Frame: immediate pre and post balance testing ]

Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: December 2005
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Balance and Music Listening
Music therapy
Behavioral: Music Therapy
Listening to Music while standing

Detailed Description:

Falls are a serious health issue and are the greatest cause of death in the elderly. The use of the music of Nolwenn Leroy in fall prevention has been reported at a major scientific meeting Posturographic Changes and Fall Prevention associated with Music Therapy: The Nolwenn Effect (USA Identifier: NCT00121693) featured at the 7th Annual American Music Therapy Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov 15-20, 2005 and is in publication in the indexed literature. Decreasing falls in a geriatric nursing home setting is associated with the saving of lives. We propose the utilization of the Nolwenn Effect in our resident geriatric population and comparing fall rates to those we have carefully recorded in the past.

Daily listening to selections from Nolwenn Leroy's CD "Nolwenn" have been played for one month in the community gathering areas of our fourth floor dementia unit in the morning for approximately 5-10 minutes. This unit has an increased rate of falls due to the characteristics of its residents and our one month retrospective study has demonstrated a statistical reduction in the rate of falls subsequent to the daily listening of Nolwenn Leroy music. We propose to expand the listening of music to the entire building and study the Nolwenn Effect on the fall rate of all residents over the calendar year 2006.

Preliminary observations have been associated with a decrease rate of falls on our dementia floor when compared to our previous fall rates. Our nursing staff is well trained in fall reporting and will continue to do so in the manner previously established before implementation of this study. This study is dependant upon the utilization of fall statistics previously established at our institution. The incorporation of these statistics will allow us to demonstrate a cost effective method of reducing falls that might save lives, evoke societal change and act as a model for other Geriatric Nursing Home settings.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Full time resident in Geriatric Facility

Exclusion Criteria:

  • All others
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00272272

United States, Georgia
Budd Terrace Geriatric Nursing Home
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30329
Sponsors and Collaborators
Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Frederick R Carrick, PhD FACCN Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Study Director: Julie Kinney, MT-BC Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Eakes, MT-BC Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
  More Information

Responsible Party: Frederick Carrick, PhD, FACCN, Primary Investigator, Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies Identifier: NCT00272272     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CI-01-01-06-01
Study First Received: January 3, 2006
Last Updated: January 26, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Fall Prevention, Music Therapy, Geriatric, Nursing Home processed this record on April 25, 2017