Impacts of an Exercise Program and Motivational Telephone Counseling on Health-Related Quality of Life in People With Parkinson’s Disease

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PurposeThe purpose of this study was to test the effects of group exercise and telephone counseling on physical and psychosocial health in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).DesignThis was a quasiexperimental study with a nonequivalent control group.MethodsThis study took place in Seoul, South Korea. Twenty-two and 20 subjects participated in the intervention and comparison groups, respectively. The intervention group performed group exercises twice a week and received motivational telephone counseling every 2 weeks for 12 weeks.FindingsSignificant effects of the intervention were found in overall health-related quality of life (HRQOL; p = .012) and in the following HRQOL dimensions: stigma (p = .026), social function (p = .003), cognition (p = .028), and communication (p = .014). No other variables such as activities of daily living, functional fitness, and depression exhibited statistically significant effects.Conclusion/Clinical RelevanceThese results indicate that group exercise with telephone counseling positively affects some aspects of HRQOL in PD patients.

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