Dance for Health: the impact of creative dance sessions on older people in an acute hospital setting

Bungay, Hilary and Hughes, Suzanne and Jacobs, Clare and Zhang, Jufen (2020) Dance for Health: the impact of creative dance sessions on older people in an acute hospital setting. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. ISSN 1753-3023

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Background: This service evaluation examined the impact of Dance for Health, a programme of weekly group dance sessions for older patients, which took place on wards in an acute hospital setting. Methods: Qualitative and quantitative observations using the ArtsObs scale were undertaken of 64 dance sessions over a 12-week period involving seven different hospital wards encompassing 313 patient attendances. Results: Statistically significant improvements were observed in the mood of the majority of patients taking part. People engaged mentally and physically with the activity were distracted from their medical condition and from what was happening on the ward. Patients appeared relaxed and were willing to express themselves creatively. Conclusion: The Dance for Health programme had a positive impact on group participants, promoting movement and physical activity for older patients. It is a meaningful and enjoyable activity, which encourages social interaction and provides respite from the medical environment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: dance, older people, music, movement, hosptial
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 09:02
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53

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