Impact of Dance Therapy on Parkinson's Disease

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
(Recruitment slow)
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Arkansas
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01428648
First received: September 2, 2011
Last updated: March 16, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
  Purpose

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 Intervention
Parkinson's Disease
Behavioral: Ballroom Dancing Classes

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Impact of Dance Therapy on Parkinson's Disease

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Further study details as provided by University of Arkansas:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effect of ballroom dancing classes on motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    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:
  • Effect of ballroom dancing classes on depression in patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The improvement in participant's depression will be measured by the Hamilton Depression Scale.

  • Effect of ballroom dancing classes on quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease. [ Time Frame: 3 and 5 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The improvement in participant's quality of life will be measured by the Parkinson's Disease-39 questionnaire PDQ-39 scale.


Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: 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
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: University of Arkansas
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01428648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 133272
Study First Received: September 2, 2011
Last Updated: March 16, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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

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