Parkinsonics: A Controlled Study of Group Singing in Parkinson Disease

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Status and phase

Completed
Phase 2

Conditions

Parkinson Disease

Treatments

Behavioral: Facilitated Discussion Group
Behavioral: Group singing

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02753621
IRB00065196

Details and patient eligibility

About

The overall objective of this study is to observe the effect of group Vocal performance training and performance experience on patients' reported symptoms and quality of life. The effectiveness of PD medications varies significantly in different patients depending on their symptoms. By using music-based interventions to improve symptoms that may be inadequately treated by medications, the investigators hope to improve quality of life in PD patients. "Parkinsonics: A controlled study of group singing for quality of life and voice outcomes in Parkinson disease" (PD) is a controlled crossover behavioral intervention study of once weekly choral classes for patients with idiopathic PD (progressing toward a group performance) and once weekly discussion/support group meetings.

Enrollment

32 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 89 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Diagnosis of idiopathic PD based on UK Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank Clinical Diagnostic Criteria for PD (Hughes et al. 1992).

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients unable to consent to the study.
  • Patients unable or unwilling to participate in weekly singing classes for 12 weeks, or unwilling to perform in a concert setting.
  • Patients with active psychiatric disturbances (agitation, active hallucinations).

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Crossover Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

32 participants in 2 patient groups

Singing Intervention
Experimental group
Description:
Twelve weekly group singing classes lasting 60-90 minutes under the direction of a professional choir director and a social worker with a music background.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Group singing
Discussion/Support Group Intervention
Active Comparator group
Description:
Twelve weekly 60-90 minute discussion groups led by a facilitator trained in discussion group facilitation; occurring at the same time and in the same location (next door) as experimental intervention (group singing).
Treatment:
Behavioral: Facilitated Discussion Group

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