Chronic respiratory disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally and disproportionately affects people in low-income settings.1 Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are an effective intervention available for people with chronic respiratory disease, and exercise training is a core component of these programs.2 Recent years have seen growing interest in integrating alternative forms of exercise training, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and dance3 into pulmonary rehabilitation programs to make them more engaging and enjoyable. Dance, in particular, is an effective form of exercise training demonstrated to improve motor function (balance, strength, exercise capacity), metabolic parameters, and quality of life in older patients and persons with movement disorders.4-6 As an intervention for respiratory patients, dance has been shown, in small studies, to improve 6-minute walk distance, balance (measured using the Brief Balance Evaluation Systems Test [BESTest]), balance confidence (measured using the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale [ABC scale]), and Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire–measured symptoms.7
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Philip KEJ, Katagira W, Jones R. Dance for Respiratory Patients in Low-Resource Settings. JAMA. 2020;324(10):921–922. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15426
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