Implementing a movement/music program (based on Making Moves Universal choreography and strategy) in the the setting of a Children's Hospital, we are attempting to discover improvement across endpoints that encompass an array of psychosocial stressors, mental and emotional wellness measures, as well as physical markers such as activities of daily living.
As supported in the extensive literature on dance/movement therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, positive psychology and psychoneuroimmunology, the longitudinal program would include both patients (children) and caretakers (parents, providers) to identify
1) Improvement in the quality of experience in the treatment process. This would be driven by the same value-based initiative discussed frequently in health care. Measures would encompass satisfaction surveys, enjoyment of movement program (that may include the joy of self-discovery, empowerment and/or "dance").
2)Trackable milestones in children, which will predominantly include ADLs or activities of daily living. The literature to demonstrate that dance/movement therapy strengthens motor planning/coordination, attention time/reaction time, visual-auditory processing, interpersonal/skills, self-awareness/spatial recognition, self-expression and lingustic/verbal skills has been well described. Although we will not be able to focus on all these individual areas via analysis, we will consider measuring reaction time as a surrogate.
3) Psychological shifts: This will be tough to measure using traditional measures. In the moment, we hope to be able to employ real-time brain-wave devices that can detect the restful response or in otherwords, specific activity scientifically demonstrated to reduce inflammation. Over time, how would one document "changing one's perspective" to improve their overall well-being. How do we quantify and place a measure on these pivotal transitions that shape our lives positively?
4) Therepeutic benefit: Throught the identification and optimization of the stressor profile (mental, emotional, physical, systemic, spiritual) and personalized equilibrium plan of the caregiver and in some cases even the patient (if child can complete the profile), we will also track the improvement in these scores.
These same endpoints can be studied in hospital staff experiencing "stress in the workplace," which we now know conclusively can influence, initiate and augment the disease process.
Being part of Ootify, I would see many parallels and intersections of the Ootify philosophy and platform to be incorporated. What do you think?