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

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

Year2018
JournalNursing Standard
Journal citation33 (3), pp. 58-63
PublisherRCNi
ISSN0029-6570
Official URLhttp://www.nursingstandard.com
FunderEast Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
Publication dates
Print06 May 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Mar 2018
Accepted30 Jan 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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