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Choir singing and health status in people affected by cancer

Reagon, Carly, Gale, Nichola and Van Deursen, Robert 2016. Choir singing and health status in people affected by cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 10.1111/ecc.12568
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Abstract

Cancer survival rates have improved dramatically over recent years, however, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for many patients, survivors and their families remains low even after successful treatment. This mixed-methods observational study explored the effects of participation in community choirs on HRQoL in individuals who have had cancer (patients) or have been affected by cancer (non-patients). This included a longitudinal analysis of choristers commencing the Tenovus Cancer Care “Sing with Us” choirs across Wales and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Participants completed the Short-form 36 and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale on commencement of the choir and 3 and 6 months later. On joining the choir, several domains of the SF36 were lower, indicating worse HRQoL and greater depression in patients than non-patients (p < .05). In patients, choir participation improved vitality, overall mental health and anxiety. In non-patients, choir participation improved anxiety (p < .05). Participants experienced the choirs as both an uplifting musical activity and a supportive community group. The results support the provision of a spectrum of support options to meet the different needs and preferences of people affected by cancer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer; choirs; singing; support groups
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0961-5423
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 07:39
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94518

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