An Exploration of People Living with Parkinson’s Experience of Cardio-Drumming; Parkinson’s Beats: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study

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Irons, Y., Williams, A., Holland, J. and Jones, J. 2024. An Exploration of People Living with Parkinson’s Experience of Cardio-Drumming; Parkinson’s Beats: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 21 (4), pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21040514
AuthorsIrons, Y., Williams, A., Holland, J. and Jones, J.
Abstract

Research has shown that physical activity has a range of benefits for people living with Parkinson’s (PLwP), improving muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and walking, as well as non-motor symptoms such as mood. Parkinson’s Beats is a form of cardio-drumming, specifically adapted for PLwP, and requires no previous experience nor skills. Nineteen PLwP (aged between 55 and 80) took part in the regular Parkinson’s Beats sessions in-person or online. Focus group discussions took place after twelve weeks to understand the impacts of Parkinson’s Beats. Through the framework analysis, six themes and fifteen subthemes were generated. Participants reported a range of benefits of cardio-drumming, including improved fitness and movement, positive mood, the flow experience, and enhanced social wellbeing. A few barriers to participation were also reported. Future research is justified, and best practice guidelines are needed to inform healthcare professionals, PLwP and their care givers.

Keywordsphysical activity ; Parkinson's disease ; Parkinson’s Beats ; cardio-drumming
Year2024
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation21 (4), pp. 1-12
PublisherMDPI
ISSN 1660-4601
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21040514
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph21040514
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