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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(3), 3120-3132; doi:10.3390/ijerph120303120

Feasibility of Delivering a Dance Intervention for SubAcute Stroke in a Rehabilitation Hospital Setting

1,2,†,* and 1,2,†
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, 3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC H3G 1Y5, Canada
Feil and Oberfeld Research Center, Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, 3205 Place Alton-Goldbloom, Laval, QC H7V 1R2, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 December 2014 / Revised: 26 February 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 16 March 2015
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Dance can be a promising treatment intervention used in rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities to address physical, cognitive and psychological impairments. The aim of this pilot study was to determine the feasibility of a modified dance intervention as an adjunct therapy designed for people with subacute stroke, in a rehabilitation setting. Using a descriptive qualitative study design, a biweekly 45-min dance intervention was offered to individuals with a subacute stroke followed in a rehabilitation hospital, over 4 weeks. The dance intervention followed the structure of an usual dance class, but the exercises were modified and progressed to meet each individual’s needs. The dance intervention, delivered in a group format, was feasible in a rehabilitation setting. A 45-min dance class of moderate intensity was of appropriate duration and intensity for individuals with subacute stroke to avoid excessive fatigue and to deliver the appropriate level of challenge. The overall satisfaction of the participants towards the dance class, the availability of space and equipment, and the low level of risks contributed to the feasibility of a dance intervention designed for individuals in the subacute stage of post-stroke recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: feasibility; dance intervention; rehabilitation; stroke; adjunct therapy feasibility; dance intervention; rehabilitation; stroke; adjunct therapy
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Demers, M.; McKinley, P. Feasibility of Delivering a Dance Intervention for SubAcute Stroke in a Rehabilitation Hospital Setting. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 3120-3132.

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