Pilotstudie pferdegestützte Therapie bei Morbus Parkinson

Anna Katharina Alexandridis*, Hanna Bittner, Georg Straeten, Rachel Wittschier

*Corresponding author for this work

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In German guidelines for Idiopathic Parkinson Syndrome (IPS), exercise therapy is recommended as an important part of therapy. Single case reports tell us, that there is a special effect of Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAT), but there are no trials proving this with adequate evidence.

Study design
In a controlled, prospective and randomized multicenter-study, 20 patients suffering from IPS were included in 2 groups each with 10 subjects. In the intervention group, 12 units of EAT were applied over 6 weeks; other treatment in both groups was continued as previous to the study. Patients of both groups were tested before onset of therapy and 6 weeks later after the last session.

In spite of low patient numbers, we found up to high-significant improvements in MDS-UPDRS part 3, global spontaneity and movement scores, and of postural stability. Further tests showed strong positive trends, no deterioration could be registered.

In this pilot study we could demonstrate a high benefit for patients with IPS receiving EAT. Fundamental findings were achieved for setting of the intended main trial including 100 subjects.
Original languageGerman
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.2023


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