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Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing.



Staff, Students, Alumni

The Centre for Language and Communication Science Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London invites you to our next research seminar. We warmly welcome Dr Mark Tarrant and Dr Raff Calitri from the University of Exeter to speak about the SPA trial, a pilot, feasibility trail of singing groups for people with post stroke aphasia.


As well as impaired language functioning, people with aphasia report poor psychosocial health and lower levels of overall wellbeing. This study piloted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of SPA, a group singing intervention for improving psychosocial health in people with aphasia, and assessed the acceptability and feasibility of its delivery.


People with aphasia across Devon and Cornwall were recruited and randomly allocated to a 10-week singing programme or to a (no treatment) control group. SPA was delivered by community music facilitators following an intervention delivery manual which outlined theory-based behaviour change techniques for encouraging group cohesiveness and its associations with psychological wellbeing. Outcomes were assessed by blinded assessor at baseline, 3 and 6 months, and included: wellbeing, quality of life, social participation, and communication plus secondary measures including health service resource use. Complementary process and economic evaluations were undertaken. Analysis focused on acceptability and feasibility of SPA.


The study met all of its objectives. The intervention and research was acceptable to the participants, and recruitment and attrition rates were within acceptable parameters. Participants regarded the research process and the intervention positively, with many participants saying that they felt encouraged by the singing sessions and that these were something to look forward to each week. Several participants suggested that the intervention had given them more confidence. Video analysis of the singing sessions indicated that each group bonded well, or developed a sense of ‘cohesiveness’.


It is clear that the Singing for People with Aphasia intervention is acceptable to people with post-stroke aphasia and is also feasible to deliver. The study forms the basis for a larger, definitive trial of the intervention.


Dr Mark Tarrant  

Dr Raff Calitri

A light lunch with refreshments will be available. For further information please contact Verity Sullivan (

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When and where

12.30pm - 2.00pmMonday 11th November 2019

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom