Evaluation of a Choir as a Non-Medical Intervention for Children with Asthma: BreathStars

Louise Bowden, Tony Long, Heather Henry
Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing 2019 June 13, : 1-14
A shift in the current health policy has seen heightened focus on non-medical interventions which can be delivered out with formal health-care settings, to complement and enhance the clinical care of people with long-term conditions. Asthma is a common long-term condition managed by pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Recent research activity has focused on the use of singing for respiratory health due to its similarity with the more well-known intervention of breathing exercises. The aim of this study was to determine if singing improved breathing in children with asthma. A realist evaluation study design with a mixed methods approach was adopted to evaluate a singing group for children aged 7-12. Results obtained through framework analysis of the data indicated notable improvement in asthma control with the added impact on self-esteem. Enjoyment of the singing group within a family centered approach was seen as a positive alongside the community benefit of wider asthma education. Lessons can be learnt from this evaluation which could inform future initiatives relevant to the current agenda of asset-based approaches such as social prescribing within the context of the current devolution of the health and social care budget in the North West of England.

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