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The Ronnie Gardiner Rhythm and Music Method: a feasibility study in Parkinson's disease
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy. Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 35, no 26, 2197-2204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: To assess the feasibility of the novel intervention, Ronnie Gardiner Rhythm and Music (RGRM™) Method compared to a control group for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

Method: Eighteen patients, mean age 68, participating in a disability study within a neurological rehabilitation centre, were randomly allocated to intervention group (n = 12) or control group (n = 6). Feasibility was assessed by comparing effects of the intervention on clinical outcome measures (primary outcome: mobility as assessed by two-dimensional motion analysis, secondary outcomes: mobility, cognition, quality of life, adherence, adverse events and eligibility).

Results: Univariable analyses showed no significant differences between groups following intervention. However, analyses suggested that patients in the intervention group improved more on mobility (p = 0.006), cognition and quality of life than patients in the control group. There were no adverse events and a high level of adherence to therapy was observed.

Conclusions: In this disability study, the use of the RGRM™ Method showed promising results in the intervention group and the adherence level was high. Our results suggest that most assessments chosen are eligible to use in a larger randomized controlled study for patients with PD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 35, no 26, 2197-2204 p.
Keyword [en]
Music therapy, neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, quality of life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82952DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.774060PubMedID: 23480646OAI: diva2:664172
Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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