A Feasibility Study of the Effects of Music . . . in Patients with Parkinson's

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    Tyler Akey

    Link: http://mmd.iammonline.com.libproxy.wlu.ca/index.php/musmed/article/view/390/264

    Citation: Clair, A.A., Lyons, K.E., & Hamburg, J. (2012). A feasibility study of the effects of music and
    movement on physical function, quality of life, depression, and anxiety in patients with
    Parkinson disease. Music and Medicine, 4(1), 49-55. doi:10.1177/1943862111425680

    Affiliations: University of Kansas

    Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the possible effects of an exercise program facilitated by auditory music cues on the
    motor function, balance, trunk flexibility, upper limb range of motion, self-perceived daily functioning, and self-perceived quality of
    life in persons with Parkinson diseases (PDs). Pretest and posttest measures for 7 participants resulted in significant improvements
    in mean Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating scale (UPDRS) activities of daily living scores, the ‘‘Timed Up and Go’’ test, and
    trunk rotations to the right and left. It was concluded that the exercise program that includes musical cues for physical movements
    is feasible as an intervention to improve movement and quality of life in persons with PD. Although the study provides preliminary
    evidence for the feasibility of the music-facilitated exercise program, further research with a larger cohort is necessary to determine
    the long-term program outcomes.

    Keywords: exercise outcomes, music cues, Parkinson disease

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