Dancing with health : quality of life and physical improvements from an EU collaborative dance programme with women following breast cancer treatment

Karcou, V, Dudley-Swarbrick, I, Starkey, J, Parsons, AS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3540-5660, Aithal, S, Omylinska-Thurston, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8329-171X, Verkooijen, HM, van den Boogaard, R, Dochevska, Y, Djobova, S, Zdravkov, I, Dimitrova, I, Moceviciene, A, Bonifacino, A, Asumi, AM, Forgione, D, Ferrari, A, Grazioli, E, Cerulli, C, Tranchita, E, Sacchetti, M and Parisi, A 2021, 'Dancing with health : quality of life and physical improvements from an EU collaborative dance programme with women following breast cancer treatment' , Frontiers in Psychology, 12 , p. 635578.

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Background Women’s health has received renewed attention in the last few years including the rehabilitation of women whose health has been affected by breast cancer. Dancing has often been regarded as attractive for women but research with women recovering from breast cancer is still in its infancy. Methods Dancing with Health is multi-site evaluation study that aimed to evaluate a dance programme for women in recovery from breast cancer across five European countries. A standardised 32-hour dance protocol introduced a range of Latin American dances within a sports and exercise framework with influences from dance movement therapy. Fifty-four women (N=54) mean age 53.51 SD 7.99 participated in the study who have had breast cancer diagnosis < three years, chemotherapy > 6 weeks and no indication of metastasis or scheduled surgery/chemotherapy/radiation treatment for the duration of the intervention. Primary outcome data was collected for anthropometric and fitness measures next to cancer-related quality of life. All evaluation measures were taken pre and post intervention. Results Statistically significant changes were found for: (i) weight (Mdn 69.84 ± 15.32 vs 65.50 ± 15.45 kg), forearm circumference (right Mdn 26.00 ± 2.05 vs 25.75 ± 3.00; left Mdn 26.00 ± 3.00 vs 26.00 ± 3.50 cm) and hip (M 104.94 ± 8.66 vs 103.77 ± 8.25 cm); (ii) 6-minute walking (M 521.36 ± 71.28 vs 557.60 ± 87.62 mt), handgrip (right M 22.78 ± 5.74 vs 24.70 ± 5.79; left M 20.76 ± 5.34 vs 22.64 ± 5.67 kg), sit-to-stand (Mdn 13.50 ± 3.50 vs 15.00 ± 5.25 no.) and sit-and-reach (Mdn 1.00 ± 10.00 vs 3.00 ± 11.50 cm); (iii) the EORTC-QLQ C30 summary score as well as the subscales of emotional and social functioning and symptoms. In all cases the direction of change was positive, while Cohen’s d calculated showed that the effect of the intervention for these parameters ranged from intermediate to large. Conclusion Changes on the above anthropometric, fitness and quality of life measures suggest that the intervention was of value to the participating women recovering from breast cancer. Results also advocate collaborative efforts across countries to further research.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Lamela, D (Editor)
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1664-1078
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Funders: ERASMUS+ SPORT programme of the European Union
Depositing User: J Omylinska-Thurston
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 12:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 06:51
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59773

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