Can improvised somatic dance reduce acute pain for young people in hospital?

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    Aim This study explores the effects of improvised somatic dance (ISD) on children and young people experiencing acute pain following orthopaedic or cardiac surgery, or post-acquired brain injury. Methods The study involved 25 children and young people and adopted a mixed methods approach. This included a descriptive qualitative approach to help the participants and witnesses verbalise their experience of ISD, and pain scores were assessed before and after ISD using validated pain assessment tools. Data were analysed using descriptive statistical analysis. Findings A total of 92% of participants experienced a reduction in pain, with 80% experiencing a >50% reduction. There was an improved sense of well-being for all. Conclusion Although not a replacement for pharmacological treatments, a multidimensional, child-centred and inclusive approach with ISD can be a useful complementary, non-pharmacological method of pain management in children and young people.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-25
    Number of pages6
    JournalNursing children and young people
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2016

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    • acute pain
    • child health
    • improvisation
    • mixed methods research
    • non-pharmacological pain management
    • somatic dance


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