Effects of dance therapy in Parkinson's Disease: a systematic review
The aim of this systematic review is to criticize all the available evidence about the effects of dance therapy (DT) in PD, with the goal od developing guidelines that will help the physical therapist in choosing and using this intervention in patients with PD. This review will provide some recommendations for researchers in designing additional investigation using DT. A systematic search was performed using eight medical data bases from which studies were done by using the PEDpro scale and the general validity method. The data were collected based on intervention and significant outcome. Eight articles were found regarding DT protocol in PD patients: 1 High Quality study, 4 Moderate Quality Studies, 3 Poor Quality studies. Only High and Moderate quality studies were used to analyze significant outcomes. Participants demonstrated improvements in Berg Balance Scale. Functional Reach Test, 6 minute walk test, and UPDRS. Future studies with a larger sample are needed examining duration and maintenance of benefits. Higher quality studies are needed to show evidence regarding DT protocol. This systematic review supports DT as a tool in physical therapy intervention in PD, and could be used as a guide to physical therapy intervention in PD, and could be used as a guide to physical therapist in making clinical decisions concerning DT protocol, and its use in their clinics.