Singing for children and adults with cystic fibrosis

Irons, Jung Yoon, Kenny, Dianna Theadora and Chang, Anne B. (2010) Singing for children and adults with cystic fibrosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5: CD008036.1-CD008036.14. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008036.pub2

Author Irons, Jung Yoon
Kenny, Dianna Theadora
Chang, Anne B.
Title Singing for children and adults with cystic fibrosis
Journal name Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD008036.pub2
Issue 5
Start page CD008036.1
End page CD008036.14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited, life-threatening condition that affects major organs. The management of cystic fibrosis involves a multi-faceted daily treatment regimen that includes airway clearance physiotherapy, taking pancreatic enzymes and other medications. Previous studies identified that compliance with this intensive treatment especially among adolescents with cystic fibrosis is poor. Because of both the nature and consequences of the illness and the relentless demands of treatments, many individuals with cystic fibrosis are likely to have a poor quality of life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that singing may provide rigorous exercises for the whole respiratory system as well as a means for emotional expression, which may enhance quality of life.
Objectives: To evaluate the effects of a singing intervention in addition to usual therapy on the quality of life, morbidity, respiratory muscle strength and pulmonary function of children and adults with cystic fibrosis.
Search strategy: We searched the Group's Cystic Fibrosis Trials Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, major allied complementary data bases, and clinical trial registers. Hand searching for relevant conference proceedings and journals was also carried out.
Date of search of Trials Register: 02 September 2009.
Date of additional searches: 17 September 2009.
Selection criteria: Randomised controlled trials in which singing (as an adjunctive intervention) is compared with either a sham intervention or no singing in people with cystic fibrosis.
Data collection and analysis: No trials were found that met the selection criteria.
Main results: No meta-analysis could be performed.
Authors' conclusions: As no studies that met the criteria were found, this review is unable to support or refute the benefits of singing as a therapy for people with cystic fibrosis. Future randomised controlled trials are required to evaluate singing therapy for people with cystic fibrosis.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article # CD008036

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