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Development of a primitive-expression dance therapy device and evaluation of its effects in patients with Parkinson's disease



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Recent studies have shown that dance may be an appropriate and effective strategy for improving motor and non-motor symptoms, as well as quality of life on individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Dance-Therapy through primitive expression (DTPE), as a mind-body therapy, may convey superior benefits, not only on physical areas but also on psychological and social ones. The main hypothesis is that Dance-Therapy will lead to greater gait and balance ability, an improved quality of life, will have psychological and social benefits and is an important component of a multidisciplinary approach to long-term management of PD.The first study, which lasted for two years, consisted of elaborating, observing and modifying the DTPE proposals in order to adapt them to the requirements of Parkinson's disease and to develop protocols of sessions in order to propose an innovative management of the disease.The second study, developed after a thorough literature review and which lasted seven months, made it possible to test the feasibility of such a study, to test a first main outcome (gait) and to evaluate the effects of the DTPE with the scales, which, after reviewing the studies on the subject, appeared to us to be the most relevant and well recognized in the medical community.The development of an original approach between Human and Social Sciences and Medicine can be used to feed the practices and care of patients by providing useful elements for the training of professionals and the organization of care. The thinking that has grounded the methodology of the studies developed in this thesis will contribute to fueling research and setting up new studies.

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