Dance to Health ‘Phase 1 roll-out [test and learn]’ evaluation First report

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Goldsmith S, Kokolakakis T, Stephenson J

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Sheffield Hallam University

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Dance to Health is a UK falls prevention programme for older people using creative dance exercises guided by evidence-based falls prevention principles. This study was conducted over two years and followed 210 participants in Dance to Health programmes operating across six geographical regions. Monitoring data were gathered on falls, fear of falls, physical activity, and physical and mental well-being. The findings show a significant 44% reduction in falls and reduced fear of falling, and significant improvements in physical and mental well-being.
Based on a scaled-up provision of Dance to Health programmes nationally, reaching all older people at risk of falls, and willing to participate in falls prevention programmes, the report cost savings to the NHS of £120m over a two-year period.
The report concludes that Dance to Health offers the NHS an ‘effective and cost-effective means to address the issue of older people’s fall.’

Evidence Type: Non-Randomised Evaluation

Main Focus: Physical Health

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

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Goldsmith, S., Stephenson, J. and Kokolakakis, T. (2019) Dance to Health 'Phase 1 roll-out [test and learn]' evaluation First report. Sheffield Hallam University: Sports Industry Research Centre.