Effects of singing groups on staff well-being: a feasibility study

Skingley, A. and Ross, L. (2018) Effects of singing groups on staff well-being: a feasibility study. Nursing Standard, 33 (3). pp. 58-63. ISSN 0029-6570.

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Abstract

Aim
The high levels of stress among NHS staff plus the evidence base for the value of singing for wellbeing, led to the current research aims:
• To determine the feasibility of recruiting and retaining staff singing for wellbeing groups over three months and the acceptability of the proposed data collection methods.
• To explore the potential impact of singing on staff wellbeing.

Methods
A feasibility study using a two-group, wait-list design with pretest, posttest measures plus participant feedback.

Findings
Recruitment failed to meet the target set and only 50% participants returned both pre and post singing questionnaires. Acceptability of the programme was high and, despite limited data, positive findings emerged in mental and work-related wellbeing, while participant comments were universally favourable.

Conclusion
This feasibility study suggests that proceeding to a full trial will require changes to maximise recruitment and retention. The impact of singing on the wellbeing of staff is potentially positive.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0820 Singing and vocal technique
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 14:56
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2018 09:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17079

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