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Singing for Lung Health - A systematic review of the literature and consensus statement

Singing for Lung Health - A systematic review of the literature and consensus statement
Singing for Lung Health - A systematic review of the literature and consensus statement

There is growing interest in Singing for Lung Health (SLH), an approach where patients with respiratory disease take part in singing groups, intended to improve their condition. A consensus group was convened in early 2016 to address issues including: the specific features that make SLH distinct from other forms of participation in singing; the existing evidence base via a systematic review; gaps in the evidence base including the need to define value-based outcome measures for sustainable commissioning of SLH; defining the measures needed to evaluate both individuals' responses to SLH and the quality of singing programmes. and core training, expertise and competencies required by singing group leaders to deliver high-quality programmes. A systematic review to establish the extent of the evidence base for SLH was undertaken. Electronic databases, including Pubmed, OVID Medline and Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane central register of controlled trials and PEDro, were used. Six studies were included in the final review. Quantitative data suggest that singing has the potential to improve health-related quality of life, particularly related to physical health, and levels of anxiety without causing significant side effects. There is a significant risk of bias in many of the existing studies with small numbers of subjects overall. Little comparison can be made between studies owing to their heterogeneity in design. Qualitative data indicate that singing is an enjoyable experience for patients, who consistently report that it helps them to cope with their condition better. Larger and longer-term trials are needed.

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Lewis, Adam, Cave, Phoene, Stern, Myra, Welch, Lindsay, Taylor, Karen, Russell, Juliet, Doyle, Anne Marie, Russell, Anne Marie, McKee, Heather, Clift, Stephen, Bott, Julia and Hopkinson, Nicholas S. (2016) Singing for Lung Health - A systematic review of the literature and consensus statement. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 26. (doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2016.80).

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Abstract

There is growing interest in Singing for Lung Health (SLH), an approach where patients with respiratory disease take part in singing groups, intended to improve their condition. A consensus group was convened in early 2016 to address issues including: the specific features that make SLH distinct from other forms of participation in singing; the existing evidence base via a systematic review; gaps in the evidence base including the need to define value-based outcome measures for sustainable commissioning of SLH; defining the measures needed to evaluate both individuals' responses to SLH and the quality of singing programmes. and core training, expertise and competencies required by singing group leaders to deliver high-quality programmes. A systematic review to establish the extent of the evidence base for SLH was undertaken. Electronic databases, including Pubmed, OVID Medline and Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane central register of controlled trials and PEDro, were used. Six studies were included in the final review. Quantitative data suggest that singing has the potential to improve health-related quality of life, particularly related to physical health, and levels of anxiety without causing significant side effects. There is a significant risk of bias in many of the existing studies with small numbers of subjects overall. Little comparison can be made between studies owing to their heterogeneity in design. Qualitative data indicate that singing is an enjoyable experience for patients, who consistently report that it helps them to cope with their condition better. Larger and longer-term trials are needed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 September 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 December 2016
Organisations: NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit

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Local EPrints ID: 407375
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407375
ISSN: 2055-1010
PURE UUID: affa349f-d78d-404d-b6b1-16ee24e2eea8
ORCID for Lindsay Welch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5564-2252

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2017 01:09
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:57

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Author: Adam Lewis
Author: Phoene Cave
Author: Myra Stern
Author: Lindsay Welch ORCID iD
Author: Karen Taylor
Author: Juliet Russell
Author: Anne Marie Doyle
Author: Anne Marie Russell
Author: Heather McKee
Author: Stephen Clift
Author: Julia Bott
Author: Nicholas S. Hopkinson

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