Objectives The user experience, content and conditions for use of an online dance-health surveillance system (Performing artist and Athlete Health Monitor, PAHM) was examined through a focus group interview with professional ballet dancers. Methods Nine professional dancers (56% female (n=5), average age=27.56± 5.17) completed biweekly questionnaires using the PAHM, including questions on health problems, injuries, mental complaints and illnesses. After 6 weeks, nine dancers participated in a focus group interview to investigate the user experience, content and conditions for use of the PAHM. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results 25 of the 27 questionnaires were completed (response rate of 93%). Dancers were positive about using the PAHM. They recommend to clarifying the questions about pain and injury, expanding items on mental health, including items on workload, sleep, rest and nutrition, and receiving feedback regarding their own results. Dancers were reluctant regarding sharing their personal data with others. Data on an aggregated level can be shared because this might gain insight into the association between scheduling, workload and injury risk. Conclusion The user experience of the monitor contributes to the willingness of dancers to keep using the PAHM. Dancers recommended adjusting the content in the PAHM to match their dance activities and health problems. The conditions for using the PAHM effectively within a company are a safe and trusting culture. Even though the PAHM alone cannot change the culture in a ballet company, it can play a role in the communication between staff and dancers.

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doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000566, hdl.handle.net/1765/121679
BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine
Department of General Practice

Karreman, D.E. (Daphne E), Keizer-Hulsebosch, S.C. (Stephanie C), & Stubbe, J. (2019). Performing artist and Athlete Health Monitor: User experience, content and conditions for use of an online dance-health surveillance system in a professional ballet company. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 5(1). doi:10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000566