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Virtual Reality Effects on Functional Capacity and Quality of Life of People With Parkinson's Disease

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02786433
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 1, 2016
Last Update Posted : June 1, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Douglas Monteiro da Silva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Brief Summary:
Introduction: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of dopaminergic neurons that can cause some mobility limitations and it has association with quality of life (QOL) in patients with PD. Virtual reality (VR) has been used to treat of these patients Objective: Evaluate the functional capacity and QOL of individuals with PD using VR with X-Box Kinect®. Methods: Were selected 20 individuals classified as stages 1-3, aged 50-75 years. They were divided by lot into two groups (control and experimental) with ten patients in each. The group (CG) treated with exercises (conventional therapy) during five-week, with two sessions per week lasting 60 minutes, while the experimental group (EG) spent half the time with conventional physical therapy and other half of time in virtual rehabilitation (VR). Subjects were evaluated before and after treatment using the following scales: Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire .

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Parkinson Disease Other: conventional physiotherapy Other: Virtual Reality with X- Box Kinect® Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : February 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: GROUP CONTROL

Participants in the control group only underwent conventional physiotherapy. Conventional therapy includes stretching and strengthening exercises with cane aid, leggings , elastic band and overball for upper and lower limbs , in addition to gait and balance training.

The intervention for the control group was applied for five weeks with sessions of 60 minutes twice a week

Other: conventional physiotherapy
The subjects in the experimental group underwent conventional physiotherapy (The same applied in the control group) associated with virtual reality , performed with the console X -Box Kinect® of Microsoft. Durante the achievement of the virtual reality practice, Kinect and Kinect games Adventures® Dance® demanded the anterior movements players -posterior and lateral , as well as jumps and squats to get rid of the game obstacles. They Kinect Dance® game were all required movements of the previous game more dance . The intervention lasted five weeks , with two weekly sessions lasting 30 minutes to conventional therapy and 30 minutes to virtual reality.
Other: Virtual Reality with X- Box Kinect®

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale - Evaluates disease progression [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Through the UPDRS disease progression was evaluated. Composed of 42 items, divided into four parts: mental activity, behavior and mood ; activities of daily living, motor operation and complications of drug therapy. For this study we evaluated the items : activities of daily living and motor examination on . The score for each item ranges from 0 to 4, and the maximum value indicates greater involvement by the disease and the minimum normality.

  2. Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) - evaluates quality of life [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    The PDQ-39 is a method that evaluates the quality of life (QOL) in patients with PD through a questionnaire self-explanatory and easy to understand. There are 39 items divided into eight categories: mobility; activities of daily living; emotional well-being; social difficulties of PD; social support; cognition; communication and bodily discomfort. The score ranges from 0 (no problem) to 100 (maximum problem), or a low score indicates a better perception of quality of life.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease
  • Male and female
  • Stage 1-3 of the Hoehn and Yahr scale.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have other neurological diseases
  • They have decompensated systemic diseases
  • Musculoskeletal changes that prevent the achievement of movements
  • With lowering of the cognitive level assessed using the MiniMental State examination with cutoff point according to education
  • With respiratory impairment
  • With medical restrictions for performing exercises
  • In physical therapy, occupational therapy service for 3 months or more;

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02786433

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Pernambuco Parkinson Association
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
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Responsible Party: Douglas Monteiro da Silva, Principal Investigator, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco Identifier: NCT02786433    
Other Study ID Numbers: CAAE: 18732713.0.0000.5193
First Posted: June 1, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 1, 2016
Last Verified: May 2016
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