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Choir singing and health status in people affected by cancer

Reagon, C. ORCID:, Gale, N. ORCID:, Dow, R., Lewis, I. and van Deursen, R. ORCID: 2017. Choir singing and health status in people affected by cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care 26 (5) , e12568. 10.1111/ecc.12568

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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: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer; choirs; singing; support groups
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0961-5423
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 August 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:22

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