“My Body, My Rhythm, My Voice”: a community dance pilot intervention engaging breast cancer survivors in physical activity in a middle-income country

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“My Body, My Rhythm, My Voice”: a community dance pilot intervention engaging breast cancer survivors in physical activity in a middle-income country


JournalResearch Square
Article typePre-print – Clinical research
Publication date – Apr – 2022
Authors – Maria Alejandra Rubio, Carlos M. Mejía-Arbeláez, Maria A. Wilches-Mogollon, Sergio Moreno, Carolyn Finck, Lisa G. Rosas, Sol A. Romero, Paula Guevara, Santiago Cabas, Oscar Rubiano, Alberto Flórez-Pregonero, José G. León, Robert Haile, Olga L. Sarmiento, Abby C. King
Keywordsbehavior change intervention, Breast cancer survivors, community-based program, middle-income setting, mixed-methods assessment, Physical activity
Open access – Yes
SpecialityOther, Surgical oncology
World region South America
Country: Colombia
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on April 30, 2022 at 6:45 pm
Abstract:

Background: Interventions to promote physical activity among women breast cancer survivors (BCS) in low to middle-income countries are limited. We assessed the acceptability and preliminary effectiveness of a theory-driven group dance intervention for BCS delivered in Bogotá, Colombia.

Methods: We conducted a quasi-experimental study employing a mixed-methods approach to assess the 8-week, 3 times/week group dance intervention. The effect of the intervention on participants’ physical activity levels (measured by accelerometry), motivation to engage in physical activity, and quality of life were evaluated using Generalized Estimating Equations analysis. The qualitative method included semi-structured interviews thematically analyzed to evaluate program acceptability.

Results: Sixty-four BCS were allocated to the intervention (N=31) or the control groups (N=33). In the intervention arm, 84% attended ≥60% of sessions. We found increases on average minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day (intervention: +8.99 vs control: -3.7 min; p = 0.01), and in ratings of motivation (intervention change score= 0.45, vs. control change score= -0.05; p = 0.01). BCS reported improvements in perceived behavioral capabilities to be active, captured through the interviews.

Conclusions: The high attendance, behavioral changes, and successful delivery indicate the potential effectiveness, feasibility, and scalability of the intervention for BCS in Colombia.

Trial registration: Clinical trials NCT05252780, registered on Dec 7th, 2021 – Retrospectively registered Unique protocol ID: P20CA217199-9492018.

OSI Number – 21578

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