The Ronnie Gardiner Rhythm and Music Method – a feasibility study in Parkinson’s disease
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
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.
Implications for Rehabilitation
The RGRM™ Method appeared to be a useful and safe method that showed promising results in both motor and cognitive functions as well as quality of life in patients with moderate PD.
The RGRM™ Method can be used by physiotherapists, occupational, speech and music therapists in neurological rehabilitation.
Most measurements were feasible except for Timed-Up-and-Go.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 35, no 26, 2197-2204 p.
Music therapy, neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, quality of life
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98249DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.774060ISI: 000328282400003PubMedID: 23480646OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-98249DiVA: diva2:653518