Group singing improves quality of life for people with Parkinson’s: an international study
Irons, Y., Hancox, G., Vella-Burrows, T., Hane, E-Y., Chong, H-J, Sheffield, D. and Stewart, D. 2020. Group singing improves quality of life for people with Parkinson’s: an international study. Aging & Mental Health.
|Authors||Irons, Y., Hancox, G., Vella-Burrows, T., Hane, E-Y., Chong, H-J, Sheffield, D. and Stewart, D.|
Objectives: Group singing has been reported to enhance quality of life (QoL) and mental health
Methods: The study included PwPs (N¼95; mean age ¼ 70.26; male 45%) who participated in a standardised 6-month weekly group singing programme. Parkinson’s health-related QoL measure (PDQ39) and mental health assessment (DASS) were administered at baseline and follow-up. ANOVAs were performed with significance set as p < .05.
Results: ANOVAs revealed main effects of Time on the Stigma and Social Support subscales of PDQ39; both showed a small but significant improvement over time. However, the social support reduction was moderated by country; social support was improved only in South Korean participants. The reduction in stigma was greater than previously reported minimal clinically important differences, as was the social support reduction in South Korean participants. In terms of mental
Conclusion: This first international singing study with PwPs demonstrated that group singing can reduce stigma, anxiety and stress and enhance social support in older adults living with Parkinson’s. The findings are encouraging and warrant further research using more robust designs.
|Keywords||Group singing; Mental health; Quality of life; Parkinson’s disease|
|Journal||Aging & Mental Health|
|Publisher||Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1080/13607863.2020.1720599|
|Online||19 Jan 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||19 Jan 2020|
|Deposited||26 Feb 2020|
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