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Can singing groups for older people improve their physical and mental health compared with usual group activities? What effect does singing have on anxiety levels and depression? And could such activities prove more cost effective in terms of health care than usual group activities? A new project, evaluating the ‘silver song clubs’ is being undertaken by CHSS in collaboration with Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University under the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit scheme, with the aim of answering these questions.

Start date: 07/12/2010

Funder: East Kent Coastal Primary Care Trust

Funding: £60,677

Publication: An evaluation of community singing for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (pdf)

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a participative community singing programme as a health promotion initiative for older people: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community singing on mental health-related quality of life of older people: randomised controlled trial

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