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Fogg-Rogers, L. A.; Buetow, S.; Talmage, A.; McCann, C. M.; Leao, S.; Tippett, L.; Leung, J.; McPherson, K.; Purdy, S. C. (2016)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Languages: English
Types: Article
Purpose: People with stroke or Parkinson’s disease (PD) live with reduced mood, social participation, and quality of life (QOL). Communication difficulties affect 90% of people with PD (dysarthria) and over 33% of people with stroke (aphasia). These consequences are disabling in many ways. However, as singing is typically still possible, its therapeutic use is of increasing interest. This paper explores the experiences of and factors influencing participation in Choral Singing Therapy (CST) by people with stroke or PD and their significant others.\ud Method: Participants (eight people with stroke, six with PD) were recruited from a community music therapy choir running CST. Significant others (seven for stroke, two for PD) were also recruited. Supported communication methods were used as needed to undertake semi-structured interviews (total N = 23). \ud Results: Thematic analysis indicated participants had many unmet needs associated with their condition, which motivated them to explore self-management options. CST participation was described as an enjoyable social activity, and participation was perceived as improving mood, language, breathing, and voice. \ud Conclusions: Choral singing was perceived by people with stroke and PD to help them self-manage some of the consequences of their condition, including social isolation, low mood, and communication difficulties.
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