Long-term effects of Dance for PD® on self-efficacy among persons with Parkinson’s disease

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease or Dance for PD® classes were developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in 2001

Cynthia McRae; David Leventhal; Olie Westheimer; Taylor Mastin; Jared Utley; Daniel Russell

2017

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  • Dance for Parkinson’s Disease or Dance for PD® classes were developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in 2001
  • Responses indicated that DfPD clearly impacts daily functioning outside the studio
  • Results of regression analyses indicated that functional mobility and self-efficacy were associated with quality of life
  • Mediation analyses indicated that one way in which higher levels of functional mobility influence QoL is by enhancing self-efficacy of the PD participants
  • Because of the direct effect of self-efficacy on QoL, results suggest future research focus on self-efficacy as well as functional mobility and mood in dance research related to PD
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