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Exercise for Adults With Parkinson Disease

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02615548
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2016 by Diana Krasteva, University of British Columbia.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 26, 2015
Last Update Posted : November 22, 2016
Vancouver Coastal Health
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Diana Krasteva, University of British Columbia

Brief Summary:

Physical activity is a key intervention used to reduce the healthcare costs and the negative consequences of Parkinson Disease (PD) by improving walking and balance and reducing the number of falls. However, not all exercise classes provide the same results for people with PD. Specific exercises designed to target the features of PD have shown greater outcomes than generic physical activity. The exercise principles include high-intensity (size and speed) movement, task repetition, rhythmical rocking, mental imagery, cognitive strategies, treadmill walking, and making use of internal and external cues. Collectively these PD-specific exercises can be designed to be run in exercise groups. Structured exercise groups also include social interaction that is known to improve depression and apathy, both of which are features common in people with PD.

This study will compare the effect of specific, long-term community-based exercise class on balance, walking, quality of life, and mood compare to self-directed exercise.

Investigators anticipate that participants from the community-based, long-term intervention will show better improvements in balance and walking compare to participants that are self-directing their activities.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Parkinson Disease Other: community-based exercise class Other: self-directed physical activity Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

This is a mixed-method, randomized design study. Participants will be assessed using qualitative and quantitative measures before and after a nine-month intervention.Outcome measures for motor function will be described using Paired t-tests for continuous variables and McNemar's Test for categorical variables. Participants will be recruited from the LGH NROP program, North Shore physicians, and the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre Movement Disorders Clinic, UBC. Potential participants will be approached by their treating physicians during their clinical visits. People who are interested in participating in the study will be invited to contact the NROP Registered Nurse (RN) to discuss study participation and review the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The study will recruit fifteen participants for the intensive community-based exercise group and fifteen for the self-directed exercise group.The sample size calculation was performed using G*power participants provide a signed informed consent they will be randomly assigned to one of the groups by picking a number from 00 to 30 out of an envelope.

The class will consist of evidence-based exercises such as: sustained, high effort exercises, resistance exercises, and endurance training. The other participants will continue on their own. All participants will be asked to fill out a physical activity diary regarding the frequency, duration, and intensity of the activities during the nine months trial.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Investigating the Effect of Specific, Long- Term, Community-based Exercises on Walking, Balance, and Quality of Life in Adults With Parkinson Disease.
Study Start Date : March 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Community exercise class
Regular community exercise class is the intervention. It is an exercise class that incorporate PWR moves( UP,ROCK,STEP,TWIST) and cardiovascular training.
Other: community-based exercise class
This intervention will be held in a community centre, twice per week, for 36 weeks.The participants will have an educational session regarding importance of regular exercise.The class will consist of evidence-based exercises such as: sustained, high effort exercises, resistance exercises, and endurance training.Two trainers with specific for Parkinson Disease training will lead the class.

Active Comparator: self-directed exercise activity
Self-directed exercise.
Other: self-directed physical activity
Participants from this group will have an educational session regarding importance of regular exercises for Parkinson Disease and will be asked to stay as active as possible.Both groups will be asked to fill out physical activity diary.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. . Functional Gait Assessment (FGA) [ Time Frame: Assess the change between baseline and post 9-month intervention. ]
    FGA is a 10-item test, assessing walking and balance.It is well validated as a predictor for falls for people with PD

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 6 minute walk test (6MWT)- [ Time Frame: Assess the change between baseline and post 9-month intervention. ]
    6 MWT assesses physical endurance. Participants will be asked to walk down a hallway at a comfortable speed for 6 min.

  2. Semi-structured interview [ Time Frame: Assess the change between baseline and post 9-month intervention. ]
    To assess the attitude of participants toward the intervention

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Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Idiopathic PD
  • Hoehn & Yahr stages 1 to 3 (17).These stages define early to mid-stage of PD.
  • Adult men and/or women, age 45-80
  • Willing and able to participate in 60-minute of physical activity, 3/week for 12-weeks, then 2/week for 36 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of any neurological, cardiovascular, or orthopedic condition that can limit their ability to participate
  • Individuals who self-report engaging in more than 120 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week at baseline

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02615548

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Canada, British Columbia
Lions Gate Hospital
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7M 1P4
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
Vancouver Coastal Health
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Principal Investigator: Diana Krasteva, Bachelor's Vancouver Coastal Health/ University of British Columbia
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Responsible Party: Diana Krasteva, Physiotherapist, University of British Columbia
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02615548    
Other Study ID Numbers: H15-01772
First Posted: November 26, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 22, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided
Keywords provided by Diana Krasteva, University of British Columbia:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Parkinson Disease
Parkinsonian Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Neurodegenerative Diseases