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Music as Add-On Therapy in the Rehabilitation Program of Parkinson’s Disease Patients—A Romanian Pilot Study

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Department of Neuroscience, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Regional Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 400162 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Medical Education, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400202 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Academic Editor: Cyrille Magne
Brain Sci. 2021, 11(5), 569; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11050569
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 24 April 2021 / Accepted: 28 April 2021 / Published: 29 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue At the Frontiers in Movement Disorders: In Romania)
Music has been proven to have therapeutic potential in neurological disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease (PD), since rhythmic auditory cueing can partially replace the progressive loss of rhythmicity and automaticity. Several reports have highlighted improvements in motor outcomes in PD patients undergoing music therapy, but only a few studies have evaluated non-motor outcomes, such as quality of life (QoL), which deteriorates with disease progression. The current pilot study aims to examine the effects of a multimodal rehabilitation program centered on physical therapy combined with listening to music on self-reported QoL in people with PD, compared to the same rehabilitation program alone. The study was conducted on patients with idiopathic PD who attended a specific rehabilitation program with a duration of 2.5 h daily for 14 days. The patients were divided into the study group (16 patients), who listened to background music during the rehabilitation program sessions, and the control group who did not listen to music during sessions. The patients were assessed using the self-report Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39) at the beginning of the program and 1 month after its initiation. The patients in the study group registered greater improvements in five of the eight areas of life assessed by PDQ-39 compared to the control group. In conclusion, listening to music combined with a multimodal rehabilitation program centered on physical therapy may be beneficial for the patients’ quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; music therapy; neurorehabilitation; quality of life Parkinson’s disease; music therapy; neurorehabilitation; quality of life
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Fodor, D.M.; Breda, X.-M.; Valean, D.; Marta, M.M.; Perju-Dumbrava, L. Music as Add-On Therapy in the Rehabilitation Program of Parkinson’s Disease Patients—A Romanian Pilot Study. Brain Sci. 2021, 11, 569. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11050569

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Fodor DM, Breda X-M, Valean D, Marta MM, Perju-Dumbrava L. Music as Add-On Therapy in the Rehabilitation Program of Parkinson’s Disease Patients—A Romanian Pilot Study. Brain Sciences. 2021; 11(5):569. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11050569

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Fodor, Dana Marieta, Xenia-Melania Breda, Dan Valean, Monica Mihaela Marta, and Lacramioara Perju-Dumbrava. 2021. "Music as Add-On Therapy in the Rehabilitation Program of Parkinson’s Disease Patients—A Romanian Pilot Study" Brain Sciences 11, no. 5: 569. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11050569

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