Brazilian dance self-perceived impacts on quality of life of people with Parkinson’s.

Publication date: Dec 20, 2023

Parkinson’s disease (PD) causes several motor and non-motor symptoms, resulting in negative impacts on physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of people with PD quality of life. Dance has been considered as a potential non-pharmacological intervention to improve people with PD motor and non-motor symptoms, thereby enhancing quality of life. To analyze the self-perceive impacts of Brazilian Dance on the quality of life (physical, mental, emotional, and social) of PwPD, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fourteen participants from the “DancE7a & Parkinson” project were included in this qualitative study. Data collection instruments consisted of a profile and personal data sheet; assessment of accessibility to the online dance classes; Telephone Montreal Cognitive Assessment by phone call; and semi-structured interview conducted through ZOOM video call. The participants characterization data were calculated using mean, standard deviation, and percentages with the Excel Program version 2013. Qualitative data was analyzed using the Thematic Analysis technique in the Nvivo, version 8. 0, qualitative analysis of text, sound, and video program. The participants reported facing various challenges in dealing with PD, which negatively impact their quality of life. However, their resilience, acceptance, and dedication to treatment play an important role in coping with the issues related to the disease. Brazilian dance, both in-person before the COVID-19 pandemic and online during the pandemic, led the participants to perceive improvements in physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of quality of life. The Brazilian dance appears to have a positive impact on the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of the participants’ quality of life, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Concepts Keywords
Brazilian COVID-19
Dance parkinsonian disorders
Pandemic quality of life
Parkinson social isolation
Pharmacological therapy through dance


Type Source Name
disease IDO quality
disease MESH Parkinson’s disease
disease MESH causes
disease IDO intervention
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
drug DRUGBANK Ribostamycin
disease VO Equity
disease MESH parkinsonian disorders
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
disease MESH neurological disorder
disease MESH death
disease MESH functional independence
disease MESH gait
disease VO population
disease MESH Chronic Conditions
drug DRUGBANK Levodopa
drug DRUGBANK Carbidopa
disease VO dose
disease IDO process
disease MESH lifestyle
disease VO time
disease MESH complications
disease VO Thing
disease IDO disposition
drug DRUGBANK Isoxaflutole
disease MESH Dyskinesia
disease MESH Impotence
disease MESH Sleep disorders
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
disease MESH loneliness
disease MESH apathy
disease VO organization
disease MESH posture
pathway KEGG Parkinson disease
disease VO effective
disease VO effectiveness
disease MESH Restless Legs
disease MESH movement disorders
disease MESH mood disorders
disease MESH transient ischemic attack
disease MESH stroke
drug DRUGBANK Water
disease VO protocol

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