Supporting adult unpaid carers via an online dancing intervention: A feasibility/acceptability study

Joanna Horne*, Louisa Donald, Rosaria Gracia, Nichola Kentzer, Yannis Pappas, Mike Trott, Jitka Vseteckova

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Unpaid carers often experience poor mental and physical health linked to their caring role. Engagement in physical activity has been shown to alleviate these negative health outcomes, but it is harder for carers to find the time, energy and space to exercise. This qualitative study, based in the UK, explored the feasibility of an online, dance-based physical activity intervention with six female unpaid carers. Five themes resulted from the thematic analysis of the pre- and post-intervention interviews: Perceived physical health benefits of the intervention; Perceived mental health benefits of the intervention; Satisfactoriness of the dance classes; Impact of caring responsibilities on participation; and Suggestions for future classes. Further research is required to measure the effectiveness of the dance intervention in improving mental and physical wellbeing with larger samples including a wider mix of carers in terms of gender, age and health conditions of the care recipients, as well as international samples. Future research should also consider the barriers that some carers may face when accessing an online intervention, and alternative forms of exercise that may appeal to other groups of carers (e.g., male carers, older adult carers).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0002798
Number of pages17
JournalPLOS Global Public Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2024


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