Research on singing and lung disease to start in Kent

Pilot singing group in FolkestoneA new study into the value of group singing for people with lung disease is to be undertaken by researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University, thanks to a grant of 130,000 pounds from the Dunhill Medical Trust.

The University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, along with the help of Kent NHS professionals and GPs, are now looking for anyone with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) willing to take part in this innovative work by joining singing groups.

The groups will be set up in Ashford, Deal, Dover, Ramsgate and Whitstable and will meet once a week for a year. The health and wellbeing of the singers will be carefully monitored, with the researchers looking for signs of physical or emotional changes to the participants that can be attributed to the activity.

Professor Stephen Clift, Research Director of the University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, said “There is some evidence from pilot studies that regular group singing can be beneficial for people with breathing difficulties. People have reported improved wellbeing, needing less medication, fewer trips to hospital, sleeping better and feeling less isolated.”

Singing groups should begin in mid-September.  Anyone with COPD interested in joining can contact Isobel Salisbury in the Sidney De Haan Centre on 01303 242031.  No previous experience of singing is needed and friends and partners are also welcome to join in.

For more information on the Sidney De Haan Centre for Arts and Health, go to www.canterbury.ac.uk/Research/Centres/SDHR.

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Originally posted: June 21st, 2011


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