Adapted Tango for Adults With Parkinson’s Disease: A Qualitative Study

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Wendy M. HolmesBrenau University

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Madeleine E. HackneyEmory University

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of 16 individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) partaking in an adapted tango class and the perceived impact on participation and quality of life (QOL). The Ecology of Human Performance and the International Classification of Function were the theoretical frameworks for the study. Data collection involved focus groups conducted during the intervention and at a follow-up six months later. Data analysis followed inductive thematic analysis techniques. The themes addressed living with PD, the class structure and experiences, the participants’ expectations for the class, and the multiple effects experienced by participants at both time periods. The results suggest that adapted tango, when offered in a structured environment with skilled instruction, may improve skills for participation in daily activities and contribute to increased QOL for persons with PD.

Holmes is with the School of Occupational Therapy, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA. Hackney is with the School of Medicine, Emory University, Decatur, GA.

Please address author correspondence to Wendy Holmes at wholmes@brenau.edu
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