Singing in Groups for Parkinson's Disease; A Pilot Study of Group Singing Therapy for PD-related Voice/Speech Impairment

Singing in Groups for Parkinson's Disease; A Pilot Study of Group Singing


Patrocinador principal: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Colaborador: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Fuente Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Resumen breve

This study will compare group singing to group speech therapy without singing. You may be eligible for this study if you have been diagnosed with PD for one year or more and you have a quiet voice or difficulty being understood.

Descripción detallada

The National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is conducting a research study to test whether group singing therapy helps people with voice or speech disorders due to Parkinson's disease (PD). Communication problems, including loss of vocal loudness, affect many people with PD. While existing forms of speech therapy have been shown to be helpful, group singing may be a beneficial alternative to traditional speech therapy.

The study will involve participating in weekly treatment sessions where subjects will receive training in vocal exercises from a speech-language pathologist with expertise in PD, as well as instructions for structured home practice. Participants will be assigned to a singing or non-singing group for the 12-week treatment phase of the study. Researchers will measure subjects' vocal function and communication-related quality of life before and several times after the 12-week program. All subjects and their care partners are welcome to participate in a singing group following the study.

You may be eligible for this study if you have been diagnosed with PD for one year or more, and you have difficulty with your voice or speech such as quiet voice, or difficulty being understood.

Estado general Completed
Fecha de inicio March 2010
Fecha de finalización primaria August 2010
Fase N/A
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Vocal Loudness, Vocal Quality 8 weeks
Inscripción 40

Tipo de intervención: Other

Nombre de intervención: Singing Therapy

Descripción: Singing therapy as a way to improve voice quality

Etiqueta de grupo de brazo: Singing Therapy Group



Inclusion Criteria:

- Difficulty being heard or understood

- Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease for one year

Exclusion Criteria:

- No other neurological conditions(i.e. stroke, cerebellar ataxia) that affect voice quality

- No history of vocal chord hemorrhage

Género: All

Edad mínima: 30 Years

Edad máxima: 80 Years

Voluntarios Saludables: No

Instalaciones: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

March 2017

Fiesta responsable

Tipo: Principal Investigator

Afiliación del investigador: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Nombre completo del investigador: Daniel Tarsy

Título del investigador: Professor of Neurology

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Número de brazos 1
Grupo de brazo

Etiqueta: Singing Therapy Group

Tipo: Experimental

Descripción: Singing Therapy Group

Acrónimo SING-PD
Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: N/A

Modelo de intervención: Single Group Assignment

Propósito primario: Treatment

Enmascaramiento: None (Open Label)