Dance to Health : an evaluation of health, social and dance interest outcomes of a dance programme for the prevention of falls
Vella-Burrows, T., Pickard, A., Wilson, L., Clift, S. and Whitfield, L. 2019. Dance to Health : an evaluation of health, social and dance interest outcomes of a dance programme for the prevention of falls. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2019.1662461
|Authors||Vella-Burrows, T., Pickard, A., Wilson, L., Clift, S. and Whitfield, L.|
Falls and related injuries in the older population are major public health issues requiring more innovative and effective solutions. This paper reports a collaborative evaluation of the first cohorts of newly developed the ‘Dance to Health’ (DtH) programme which integrates evidence-based physiotherapy falls-prevention exercises (FaME [Falls Management Exercise] and Otago programmes) into a creative dance programme. The aim of this study was to draw conclusions about the effect of the programme on health and social outcomes and changes in dance interest. A longer term, follow-up evaluation is needed to assess the effect of the programme on prevention/reduction in falls.
Sixty-seven participants took part in a mixed-methods study that combined focus group discussions and one bespoke and five validated pre/post-test questionnaires with a focus on dance interest and ability, group identity, loneliness and isolation, general health and mental health. The data was coded and content analysed for themes.
The findings show that the DtH programme can support and enhance physical, mental and social health and levels of interest in dancesome artistic/creative outcomes. , with some s Both the qualitative and quantitative data yielded evidence of positive change, with statistical ignificansignificancet in the quantitative data relating to in group bonding and improved physical control and coordination. , social relationships, related to being part of a community with a shared interest in dancing. There is also some evidence of improved physical control and coordination during and outside dance sessions, as reported by the participants.
The findings of this evaluation support the case for embedding the Dance to Health programme into prevention and enablement services for people at risk of falls. A longer term, tracking study would also be of benefit.
|Keywords||Dance; creative movement; older people; falls risk; health promotion; rehabilitation|
|Journal||Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Online|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2019.1662461|
|Online||06 Sep 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||10 Aug 2019|
|Deposited||05 Dec 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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