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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10761/1503

Issue Date: 4-Feb-2014
Authors: Leonardi, Giuseppa MAria Grazia
Title: Acting as therapeutic support in Parkinson's disease. A Field experiment
Abstract: In the past, the clinical approach to Parkinson s disease focussed primarily on motor symptoms, whereas the current trend emphasises the importance of non-motor symptoms, thus moving towards a more complex type of assistance aimed at enhancing each patient s residual ability and, as far as possible, at rehabilitating their impaired daily activities. So, there is a growing amount of artistic activities that appear to positively influence the patients emotional and relational sphere as well as their and their family s quality of life (QoL). Over a period of 8 months, a group of patients with a moderate form of idiopathic Parkinson s disease, on stable L-dopa and L-dopa antagonists, together with a few family members, took part in a weekly theatre workshop culminating in a show given to the public. The patients were evaluated both before and at the end of the eight-month workshop using eight Assessment Scales indicating the state of progression of the disease (H&Y, UPDRS, PDQ8, PDSS, NMSS, FES, GFQ and MMSE). The results of these assessments were then compared to verify if the theatre workshop had had any influence and if so to what extent. The result analysis showed that modest improvements were associated with movement parameters, while parameters regarding memory, attention and concentration, quality of sleep and especially relational aspects were affected in a statistically significant manner, allowing us to say that the patients quality of life (QoL) clearly improved thanks to acting.
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