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

Organisation: 
The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Background
As the population ages, older people account for a greater proportion of the health and social care budget. Whereas some research has been conducted on the use of music therapy for specific clinical populations, little rigorous research has been conducted looking at the value of community singing on the mental health-related quality of life of older people.

Aims
To evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of community group singing for a population of older people in England.

Method
A pilot pragmatic individual randomised controlled trial comparing group singing with usual activities in those aged 60 years or more.

Author(s): 
Simon Coulton, Stephen Clift, Ann Skingley and John Rodriguez
Publication: 
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Issue: 
1–6. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.129908
Year: 
2015
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