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Effects of partnered dance in people with Parkinson’s (PWP) - A scoping review

Ka Cheng, Ting; Sessa, Sarah

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Ting Ka Cheng

Sarah Sessa



Background: The European Physiotherapy Guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease (APPDE) suggest partnered dance shows benefits for people with Parkinson’s (PWP). However, the details of partnered dance for PWP are still ambiguous with regards to how partnered dance and its components impact PWP.

Objectives: This Scoping Review (SR) aims to summarize the effects of partnered dance on PWP physically, psychologically, and cognitively, and the effects exerted by cueing, types of partner, and leading professionals. This review hopes to summarize current related research findings and to identify research gaps for future research.

Data sources: Major electronic databases include PubMed, CINAHL, COCHRANE Web of Science, EMBASE, MEDLINE, and Grey literature including Google Scholar and Open Grey, were searched until March 2023.

Study selection: Only primary studies were included. Amongst these were seven randomized control trials (RCT), one non-randomized RCT, one pilot study, one proposal, one interview, and one single-group pre-post design.

Methodology: PCC (Population, Concept, Context) was used to generate the search strategy. Researchers were divided into groups of two and three to screen titles and abstracts; then full-text against the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The studies selection process was recorded in the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISM-ScR).

Results: Within the twelve studies, four main themes were identified: 1) effects of partnered dance on PWP 2) types of cueing, 3) types of partners, and 4) types of leading professionals.

Conclusion: PWP benefit from partnered dance physically, through improved initiation of movement, balance and gait, and psychologically by providing reassurance, promoting socialization and enhancing participation. Additionally, cueing provided by partners can alleviate freezing of gait, and partners positively affect the PWP’s dance classes experience. Although most studies mentioned the leading professionals, none of the included articles discussed whether or how different leading professionals would affect PWP, highlighting the need for further investigations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Jun 7, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 12, 2024
Journal Syn'apse: official journal of the association of chartered physiotherapists in neurology
Print ISSN 0887-4476
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue Spring 2024
Article Number 3
Pages 7-28
Series ISSN 1369-958X
Keywords Parkinson's, dance, partnered dance
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