Drs. Kara Patterson and Dina Brooks Win CPSR Grant

Drs. Patterson and Brooks receive Catalyst Grant from the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR).

Grab your dancing shoes!

The CPSR Catalyst Grant will fund a study investigating the effects on gait, balance and mood in stroke patients who participate in the GROOVE-D program (group and home video dance). This program involves an initial phase of group dance classes, followed by a maintenance phase of home sessions with instructional videos and monthly group “check-ups”.

Stroke patietns sitting in a circle on chair, waving colourful scarves in the air to music

 Stroke negatively impacts many aspects of life including mood, social integration and mobility” says Principal Investigator and Department of Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Dr. Patterson. “Dancing is a fun, social activity that has physical and psychological benefits similar to more traditional exercise. Our ongoing pilot work suggests that a group dance program for people with stroke can make a positive difference in their lives.”

stroke patients standing and doing simple dance moves in a roomUnfortunately, providing dance classes to people with stroke indefinitely is difficult in terms of cost, facilities and human resources. “We believe a home dance program may address these issues, but is unlikely to provide the same psychological and mood benefits derived from the social interaction in a group class format” explains Co-Principal Investigator and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy Dr. Brooks. “We are proposing the GROOVE-D program, which involves a mix of group classes, home sessions with instructional videos and monthly group “check-ups”, will help stroke survivors thrive physically and mentally.”

The study aims to:

1) consult with stakeholders (individuals with stroke, physiotherapists, dance instructors) to develop and deliver GROOVE-D.
2) assess the effects of GROOVE-D on gait, balance and mood in individuals with chronic stroke.
3) determine safety and feasibility of GROOVE-D for individuals with stroke.

This research will also involve a pre-post intervention study to assess the feasibility and effects of GROOVE-D. The results will inform design and funding applications for a randomized controlled trial of the program.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kara Patterson, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network (TRI-UHN)
Co-investigator: Dr. Dina Brooks (University of Toronto)
Collaborators: Miriam Schacter (danceABILITIESTM), Louis Biasin (TRI-UHN)

About The Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
CPSR is a not-for-profit corporation supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and seven partner sites: Baycrest, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University of British Columbia, and the University of Ottawa.

CPSR brings together more than 150 basic and clinical researchers from universities, research institutes and rehabilitation hospitals across Canada and is the leading research partnership in the world focused exclusively on stroke recovery.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in Canada, and 405,000 Canadians are living with long-term disability from stroke. With the aging population, increased risk of stroke in younger people (under age 50), and rising rates of obesity and diabetes, there is a strong need for better rehabilitation interventions to help the increasing number of stroke survivors living with physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities.