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Singing for Better Breathing: Findings from the Lambeth & Southwark Singing & COPD Project

Meadows, Steve and Clift, Stephen M. and Skingley, Ann and Page, Sonia and Stephens, Lizzi and Hurley, Sadie and Dickinson, John W. and Levai, Irisz and Jackson, Anna and Sullivan, Roisin and Wren, Natalie and McDaid, David and Park, A-la and Azhar, Saleem and Baxter, Noel and Rozenthuler, Guillermo and Shah, Shilpa (2017) Singing for Better Breathing: Findings from the Lambeth & Southwark Singing & COPD Project. Project report. Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health: Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK


Over the last eight years there has been a growth of interest in the potential value of participation in singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CODP) and other respiratory illnesses. This is shown by the increasing number of singing for breathing groups established across the UK over this period. The British Lung Foundation have taken a leading role in promoting this activity through their ‘Singing for Lung Health’ programme. A limited number of small-scale research studies have assessed the benefits of singing for people with COPD and other lung conditions. These include three randomised controlled trials, one in Brazil, and two conducted at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Further studies have been carried out in Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. There is limited evidence that singing improves lung function and exercise capacity, but qualitative feedback from participants has been highly positive. Testimonies point to singing having substantial subjective benefits for physical, psychological and social wellbeing, and in enabling people with COPD to better manage their lung condition. The current study in Lambeth and Southwark, South London, was based on earlier research conducted in East Kent, UK. Morrison et al. (2013) established and evaluated a network of six community singing groups for people with COPD which ran over the course of ten months. Seventy-two people with COPD were followed up over this time and assessed using validated questionnaires, with St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) as the primary outcome measure. Spirometry was also used to assess lung function. Significant improvements were found on the total and impact scores from the SGRQ, and participants also improved in their lung function.

Item Type: Monograph (Project report)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Steve Meadows
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 14:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:08 UTC
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