“Singing for breathing”: participants' perceptions of a group singing programme for people with COPD

Skingley, A., Price, Sonia, Clift, S. M., Morrison, I., Coulton, S., Treadwell, P., Vella-Burrows, T., Shipton, M. and Salisbury, I. (2013) “Singing for breathing”: participants' perceptions of a group singing programme for people with COPD. Arts & Health, 6 (1). pp. 59-74. ISSN 1753-3015.

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To examine the perceived feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of regular singing for people with COPD.

Qualitative element within a pre-test, post-test feasibility study.

Written comments collected at baseline, mid-point and end-point from participants engaged in a 36 week singing programme.

Participants noted limitations due to their respiratory condition but a large number expressed beliefs that singing had led to improvement and this appeared to be incremental over the time of the project. Other comments related to positive effects on physical health more broadly, on psychological wellbeing and on the social support gained through meeting others with COPD. Comments relating to the overall programme and the research itself were overwhelmingly positive.

Findings suggest that singing is perceived as both acceptable and beneficial to people with COPD. Evidence from participants served as a useful supplement to the quantitative findings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: singing; COPD; wellbeing; qualitative data.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
Depositing User: Ann Skingley
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2018 23:31
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17078

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