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Dance for Parkinson's Disease

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Research Sponsored by Northeastern University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Adults aged 18-85 years
Diagnosis of idiopathic PD confirmed by a neurologist at Hoehn and Yahr stage <=3
Must not have
Hoehn & Yahr scale score >3
Respiratory disease (e.g., COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension)
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up the outcome measure will be assessed after the intervention (i.e., after fasting: no food for at least 4 hours prior to a single dance session) and during the intervention (i.e., participants will continue to fast during the 60-minute dance session).
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Summary

"This trial aims to develop new ways to measure dance activity in adults with Parkinson's using cameras, monitors, and surveys. It also seeks to understand how the intensity of dance classes for Parkinson's patients relates

Who is the study for?
This trial is for adults with Parkinson's Disease who are interested in participating in dance classes tailored to their condition. Participants will be monitored and asked about their physical and cognitive abilities, daily activities, and perceptions of technology integration into dancing.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study aims to develop methods for quantifying dance movements using cameras and monitors, while also examining how the intensity of these dances relates to participants' daily routines and health status.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this study involves no medical intervention but focuses on dance activity, there are minimal expected side effects. However, participants may experience typical exercise-related discomfort or fatigue.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
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I am between 18 and 85 years old.
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My Parkinson's disease is in the early or middle stages.

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
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My Parkinson's disease is in an advanced stage.
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I have a lung condition like COPD, asthma, or pulmonary hypertension.
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I have not had a blackout or concussion in the past year.
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I have a neurological condition other than Parkinson's Disease.
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I am taking medication that affects how my heart responds to exercise.
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I have Parkinson's disease with mild cognitive impairment.

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~the outcome measure will be assessed after the intervention (i.e., after fasting: no food for at least 4 hours prior to a single dance session) and during the intervention (i.e., participants will continue to fast during the 60-minute dance session).
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and the outcome measure will be assessed after the intervention (i.e., after fasting: no food for at least 4 hours prior to a single dance session) and during the intervention (i.e., participants will continue to fast during the 60-minute dance session). for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Oxygen uptake

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Dance for PD (virtual/remote)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
Participants will engage in Dance for PD classes online in their usual fashion, and within a group-based setting, for a total of two sessions. Heart rate and perceived exertion will be measured throughout the Dance for PD classes.
Group II: Dance for PD (in-person)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
Participants will engage in Dance for PD classes in-person in their usual fashion, and within a group-based setting, for a total of three sessions. Oxygen uptake, heart rate and perceived exertion will be measured throughout specific Dance for PD classes.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Mark Morris Dance GroupUNKNOWN
Northeastern UniversityLead Sponsor
94 Previous Clinical Trials
70,426 Total Patients Enrolled
~40 spots leftby Jul 2025