Online Singing Groups for People who Experience Chronic Pain

Published 14 January 2022

Researchers at the University of Limerick studying music therapy and chronic pain are looking for thirty participants for a four-week study. Participants who meet the criteria will be randomly assigned to either four one-hour sessions of online group singing or four online peer support meetings. Participants offered peer support meetings will have an additional offer of attending four online singing groups after study period

Participants self-refer to an online singing group for chronic pain persisting over 6 months. They must have attended a pain specialist at some point in their illness and be aged 18-65 years.

Following four weeks of online group singing, participants will be asked to complete an interview on your experience of the online group singing sessions. Participants will also be asked to fill out a form pre and post sessions collecting demographic information. As a person with chronic pain, your opinion and experience are invaluable in helping us to understand whether group singing is useful or not. The research will take place between the months of November and May 2021/2. Interviews will be conducted online at a time convenient to you.

Participating in this research will allow you to share your experience of participating in an online singing group. By doing so you will be contributing to research in the area of chronic pain that could potentially help other people with this condition. Investigators can then use this knowledge for future practice decisions.

Interested parties meeting the inclusion criteria are invited to email to express their interest by 31st of January.

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