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Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson's disease in Ireland

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posted on 2022-11-25, 11:10 authored by Joanne Shanahan, Meg E. Morris, ORFHLAITH NI BHRIAINORFHLAITH NI BHRIAIN, Daniele Volpe, Margaret Richardson, AMANDA CLIFFORDAMANDA CLIFFORD
Objective: To investigate if community-based Irish set dancing is feasible in Irish adults with Parkinson's disease. Methods: Over an eight week period, ten participants attended one set dancing class per week and completed a home programme in parallel. Feasibility was assessed by monitoring adverse effects, participants' verbal feedback, compliance rates and feedback from an exit questionnaire. Participants were assessed using the Berg balance scale, 6-min walk test, UPDRS-3 and PDQ-39, before and after the intervention. Results: No adverse effects were detected. Attendance at classes was 86%. Compliance with the home programme was 67%. Findings from the exit questionnaire showed participants enjoyed participating and reported improvements in aspects of health including balance. Quality of life improved with the dance programme and there was a trend toward improvement on the UPDRS-3. Conclusion: These findings suggest community-based Irish set dancing is a feasible form of exercise that can positively influence quality of life.



Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice;21 (1), pp. 47-51






This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice . Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 21 (1), pp. 47-51,



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