Effect of Dance on Postural Control in People with Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis Review

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This systematic review verified the effect of dance on postural control in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and investigated whether this practice can be as effective over a short period as when it is performed over a longer period in relation to the postural control of this population. The search was performed in April 2019 in nine databases. Only randomized/quasi-randomized controlled trials with participants with idiopathic PD were included. The meta-analysis of the 11 articles included, with 13 results, showed that the 211 participants with PD, who belonged to the group performing dance, had a standardized mean difference of postural control 0.82 [0.52, 1.12] greater than the 182 participants who were in a control situation. The statistically significant results of this meta-analysis indicate that dance can improve postural control in people with PD in a short period of time and therefore contribute to the prevention of falls.

de Almeida is with the Research Group on Exercise and Health Science, Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Porto, Porretti, Lopes, Bunn, and da Silva are with the Postgraduate Program in Exercise and Sports Sciences, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Porretti is also with the Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Cefet/RJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fiorot and da Silva are with the Research Group on Exercise and Health Science, Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bunn is also with the Research Laboratory of Exercise Science, Physical Education Center Admiral Adalberto Nunes, Penha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Operational Human Performance, Air Force University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

de Almeida (helosuzano@gmail.com) is corresponding author.
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