Facilitating singing groups for people with Parkinson's disease

Forbes, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 and Bartlett, Irene (2019) Facilitating singing groups for people with Parkinson's disease. In: 2019 Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC 13), 27-30 Aug 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Abstract

Group singing as an effective creative arts intervention for health and wellbeing is now a matter of global report. In terms of its efficacy as an intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease, results from a current study suggest that successful outcomes, whilst dependent on a range of factors, are particularly impacted by the skills and personal attributes of the singing group facilitator. In this paper we will discuss the results from a research study of facilitators of three singing groups operating simultaneously in South-East Queensland (Australia) in 2017. The facilitators were recruited to organize and conduct weekly singing group sessions and to document their experiences in reflective journals written over a 12-week period. The singing groups were comprised of people with varying stages of Parkinson’s disease (N=75) and their carers (N=34). Data were collected from the facilitators’ reflective journals along with transcriptions of reflections delivered as oral reports at a symposium on the impact of singing interventions for people with Parkinson’s. Analysis of the data revealed overarching themes in relation to facilitators’ skills, attributes and challenges. Preliminary findings indicate a major challenge for facilitators was the need for a thorough background knowledge of the degenerative neurological condition (Parkinson’s) and the range of symptoms that manifest with the progression of the disease. Also, whilst supporting views in the existing literature around quality of life improvements, the facilitators’ journals offered interesting observations on a range of voice function changes for singing group members.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Oral presentation.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2020 01:21
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 00:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: group singing, Parkinson's disease
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4299 Other health sciences > 429999 Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37821

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