Therapeutic effects of line dancing in people with multiple sclerosis: an evaluator-blinded, randomized controlled study

Baştürk S., Ekici G., Kırteke F., Durak Ö. F., EKİCİ B.

Arts and Health, 2024 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17533015.2024.2325425
  • Journal Name: Arts and Health
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Keywords: anxiety, balance, Line dancing, multiple sclerosis, quality of life
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Line dancing is a popular form of exercise shown to affect balance and mood positively. However, few studies examine its effectiveness in multiple sclerosis (MS). The study aims to investigate the effects of line dancing on balance, mood, and health-related quality of life in MS. Methods: Participants were randomized into the line dance (n =15) and the control groups (n =16). Outcomes were measured using the Berg Balance Scale, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life-54 (MSQoL-54) at baseline and post intervention. Results: Post-intervention in the line dancing group, significant improvements were observed in balance, anxiety status, and health-related quality of life. When the groups were compared, significant differences were found in balance, anxiety, and the mental health composite of the MSQoL-54. Conclusion: This study recommends the use of line dancing as a therapeutic intervention in MS. Nevertheless, comparisons with different intervention approaches and follow-up studies are needed.