Community aquatic therapy for Parkinson's disease: an international qualitative study

Carroll, Louise M., Morris, Meg E., O'Connor, William T., and Clifford, Amanda M. (2022) Community aquatic therapy for Parkinson's disease: an international qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation. (In Press)

[img] PDF (Accepted Publisher Version) - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


Purpose: To explore the opinions of people living with Parkinson's disease about access to and participation in community aquatic therapy.

Methods: Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with people living with Parkinson's disease in Ireland (n = 24) and Australia (n = 10). All discussions were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analysed.

Results: Four main themes were identified. Primarily, participants were optimistic about their reasons for choosing aquatic therapy and found it beneficial to their health and well-being. Optimal components of aquatic therapy identified were access to individually tailored aquatic programs, completed as a minimum once a week, at a moderate to high-intensity level, and guided by a credentialed instructor. Fear was a significant barrier for a small proportion of participants and was linked to water competence, past experiences, and fall risk associated with the aquatic environment. Participants identified a strong need for education and increased awareness about aquatic therapy benefits to promote greater engagement.

Conclusion: Aquatic therapy is a popular exercise choice for people with Parkinson's disease, especially in the early to middle disease stages. Considering the views of people living with Parkinson's disease can aid the design and implementation of interventions and future aquatic research internationally.

Item ID: 67703
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5165
Copyright Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 04:05
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420106 Physiotherapy @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 1
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page