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The efficacy of dance movement therapy (DMT) is well demonstrated in contemporary nursing literature; however, implementation by healthcare professionals is often limited. Dance movement therapy was pioneered in the mid-20th century by classically trained modern dancer Marian Chace. Recent trends toward patient-centered care and interdisciplinary approaches render therapies such as DMT important modalities which nurses and other healthcare providers may become familiar with. This systematic research review focused on answering the question: “what are hindrances perceived by members of the healthcare team to implementing DMT as an alternative treatment modality?” Two variables were identified for the purposes of this study: the barriers and hindrances perceived by healthcare providers in relation to DMT, and the decision made by healthcare providers on whether or not to utilize DMT interventions within the plan of care. A systematic research review of the literature was conducted to identify potential and actual barriers to DMT implementation. Four barriers were identified: poor quality research, knowledge deficit, limited resources, and cultural/societal factors. In many of the articles surveyed, the authors provided easily implemented solutions to the identified barriers. Implications of the study included a need for greater education regarding DMT, a focus on developing higher quality research, and strategic lobbying for increased discovery and implementation of DMT within the healthcare field. Recommendations for further research involve recreation of this study with live-subject research involving personal interviews with healthcare providers. The researcher concluded that greater advocacy for complementary therapies such as DMT presents a crucial step in the journey towards a more holistically integrated healthcare delivery system.



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