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Can Dance Therapy Improve Motor Learning in Parkinson's Disease (PD)?

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: NCT03549793
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2018 by Ospedale Generale Di Zona Moriggia-Pelascini.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : June 8, 2018
Last Update Posted : June 8, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ospedale Generale Di Zona Moriggia-Pelascini

Brief Summary:
In order to find the most effective rehabilitative therapies for Parkinsonian patients, the present study is aimed to evaluate whether, in a multidisciplinary intensive rehabilitation treatment, the dance therapy, applied to the motor learning, promote additional benefits.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Parkinson Disease Behavioral: Dance Therapy Behavioral: exercises without dance Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Participants are randomly assigned to experimental group or control group. Both of the groups undergo a rehabilitation treatment. The experimental group undergoes 4-week MIRT (Multidisciplinary Intensive Rehabilitation Treatment) + dance therapy. The control group undergoes 4-week MIRT (Multidisciplinary Intensive Rehabilitation Treatment) + exercises
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Masking Description: The investigator are neurologists, blinded to the treatment received by the patient
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Can Dance Therapy Improve Motor Learning in Parkinson's Disease?
Actual Study Start Date : April 1, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 1, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 30, 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: dance thrapy
4-week Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment + Dance Therapy Treatment (2 hours par week)
Behavioral: Dance Therapy
the intervention is aimed to ameliorate, through dancing, crucial motor symptoms in PD patients, as walking, balance, postural changes and arm swing

Active Comparator: exercises without dance
4-week Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Treatment + Exercises without music (2 hours par week)
Behavioral: exercises without dance
the intervention consists of exercises aimed at training the walking, the balance, the postural changes and the arm swing

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Timed Up and Go Test (TUG) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    To determine fall risk and measure the progress of balance, sit to stand, and walking.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 6 Minutes Walking Test (6MWT) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    The 6MWT measures the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface. The goal is for the individual to walk as far as possible in six minutes.

  2. Balance Berg Scale (BBS) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    to objectively determine a patient's ability (or inability) to safely balance during a series of predetermined tasks.

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. delayed recall of items [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    number of specific items correctly performed in recall phase

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stage 2.5-3 according to the Hoehn and Yahr scale (H&Y);
  • Stable pharmacological treatment for the last 6 weeks before the enrolment and during the hospitalization;

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any focal brain lesion detected in brain imaging studies (CT or MRI) performed in the previous 12 months;
  • Drug-induced dyskinesias;
  • Disturbing resting and/or action tremor, corresponding to scores 2-4 in the specific items of UPDRS III;
  • Behavioral disturbances (evaluated with Neuropsychiatric Inventory);
  • Visual and auditory dysfunctions according to the general clinical evaluation and medical history;
  • cognitive decline (MMSE correct score < 24)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03549793

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Contact: Paola Ortelli, PsyD 3332974872

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Department of Parkinson's Disease and Brain Injury Rehabilitation, of the 'Moriggia-Pelascini' Hospital Recruiting
Gravedona Ed Uniti, Como, Italy, 22015
Contact: Paola Ortelli, PsyD    +39 0344 82706   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ospedale Generale Di Zona Moriggia-Pelascini
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Principal Investigator: Giuseppe Frazzitta, MD Department of Parkinson's disease, Movement Disorders and Brain Injury Rehabilitation, "Moriggia-Pelascini" Hospital - Via Pelascini, 3, 22015, Gravedona ed Uniti, Como, Italy
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Responsible Party: Ospedale Generale Di Zona Moriggia-Pelascini Identifier: NCT03549793    
Other Study ID Numbers: dance therapy in PD
First Posted: June 8, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 8, 2018
Last Verified: May 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
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