Group Singing Has Multiple Benefits in the Context of Chronic Pain: An Exploratory Pilot Study

Pain Manag Nurs. 2020 Jun;21(3):259-264. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2019.07.008. Epub 2019 Sep 5.


Aims: This paper reports findings of a pilot singing intervention to assist people living with chronic pain.

Methods: Pain Management Clinic outpatients participated in 10 weekly group singing sessions. Benefits of the intervention and its impact on participants' (N = 4) experiences of pain were explored qualitatively.

Results: Three main themes comprising over 20 separate codes indicated physical, psychological, and social dimensions associated with the intervention. People with chronic pain identify multiple benefits from participating in a group singing program.

Conclusions: Results indicate that group singing in chronic pain settings has multiple benefits and may positively complement clinical outcomes, serving as an effective adjunct to conventional pain management care and nursing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / psychology
  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Music Therapy / standards*
  • Pain Management / methods
  • Pain Management / standards*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Qualitative Research
  • Queensland
  • Singing*