Feasibility of delivering a dance intervention for subacute stroke in a rehabilitation hospital setting.

Dance can be a promising treatment intervention used in rehabilitation for patients with disabilities to address physical, cognitive and psychological impairments. The goal of this pilot study was to determine the feasibility of a modified dance intervention as an adjunct therapy developed for people with subacute stroke, in a rehabilitation setting. Using a descriptive qualitative study design, a biweekly 45-min dance intervention was offered to individuals with a subacute stroke followed in a rehabilitation hospital, over 4 weeks. The dance intervention followed the structure of an usual dance class, but the exercises were modified and progressed to meet each individual’s needs. The dance intervention, delivered in a group format, was feasible in a rehabilitation setting. A 45-min dance class of moderate intensity was of appropriate duration and intensity for individuals with subacute stroke to avoid excessive fatigue and to deliver a suitable degree of difficulty. The overall satisfaction of the participants towards the dance class, the availability of space and equipment, and the low level of risks contributed to the feasibility of a dance intervention designed for individuals in the subacute stage of post-stroke recovery.