Quality of life for individuals with a neurological condition who participate in social/therapeutic choirs

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dc.contributor.author Jenkins, B en
dc.contributor.author Storie, S en
dc.contributor.author Purdy, Suzanne en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-25T01:24:37Z en
dc.date.issued 2017 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43439 en
dc.description.abstract As New Zealand's population ages, the prevalence of neurological conditions will increase. As such, there is a vital need to ensure that we are able to provide easily accessible, appropriate and effective therapeutic support to these individuals. Participation in a choir has been proposed to have a number of benefits, including improved mood, health and social support across a variety of populations including those with neurological conditions. This cross-sectional observational study used mixed methods to characterise the quality of life of individuals who participated in therapeutic and social choirs facilitated by music therapists. Participants were a convenience sample from the CeleBRation and Cantabrainers neurological choirs, New Zealand (NZ). Quality of life was measured with the NZ WHOQOL-BREF and compared to the reference values of people with disabilities from the WHOQOL­ DIS and the New Zealand reference values for the NZ WHOQOL-BREF. Content analysis was conducted on participants' answers to open ended questions from a choir participation questionnaire. Findings show that people with a neurological condition who participate in a choir have some higher quality of life scores than the reference values of people with disabilities from the WHOQOL-DIS. Choir participants' mean overall quality of life was 3.4 (SD 1.04). Environment was the highest domain score (M 15.86, SD 2.09). The mean item score for choir participants was higher than the upper 95% Cl for the WHOQOL-DIS reference values. Choir participants perceived positive improvements including physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of choir participation. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy en
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dc.title Quality of life for individuals with a neurological condition who participate in social/therapeutic choirs en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.begin-page 59 en
pubs.volume 15 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url http://www.musictherapy.org.nz/journal/ en
pubs.end-page 94 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 722440 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1176-3264 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-01-29 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2017 en

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