Publications

  • Johnson JK, Gregorich SE, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt JD, Pounds D, Pabst A, Stewart AL. Recruitment and baseline characteristics of the Community of Voices choir study to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. Contemp Clin Trials Commun, Dec 2017; 8:106-113. PMCID: PMC5791898
  • Johnson JK, Nápoles AM, Stewart AL, Max WB, Santoyo-Olsson J, Freyre R, Allison TA, Gregorich SE. Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of the Community of Voices choir intervention to promote the health and well-being of diverse older adults. BMC Public Health, 2015 Oct;15:1049. PMCID: PMC4603966
  • Johnson JK, Stewart AL, Acree M, Nápoles AM, Flatt JD, Max WB, Gregorich SE. A Community Choir Intervention to Promote Well-being among Diverse Older Adults: Results from the Community of Voices Trial. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Nov 09. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30412233

Resultados Del Estudio COV

El proyecto de Comunidad de Voces es el estudio aleatorizado más grande que evalúa el impacto que tiene participar en un coro comunitario sobre la salud y el bienestar. El estudio involucró a 390 participantes en 12 coros. La edad promedio fue 71 años, y los participantes representaron la rica diversidad cultural de San Francisco. 

Cantar en el coro Comunidad de Voces por seis meses mostró resultados positivos. En particular, cantar en un coro reduce los sentimientos de soledad y aumenta el interés en la vida. Sin embargo, los resultados cognitivos y físicos y los costos de salud no cambiaron. Cantar en un coro puede proporcionar regularmente una oportunidad significativa para conocer gente nueva, desarrollar apoyo social y aumentar el sentido de pertenencia. Sabemos que mantenerse en contacto con las personas es importante para mantener la salud de los adultos mayores. Cantar en un coro puede ser una forma divertida de estar conectado.

Results from the COV study

The COV study is the largest randomized trial to test the impact of participating in a community choir on the health and well-being. The study involved 390 participants in 12 choirs. The average age was 71 years, and the participants represented the rich cultural diversity in San Francisco.

Singing in the Community of Voices choir for six months showed positive results. In particular, singing in a choir reduced feelings of loneliness and increased interest in life. However, the cognitive and physical outcomes and healthcare costs did not change. Singing in a choir can provide a meaningful, regular opportunity to meet new people, build social support, and increase a sense of belonging. We know that staying connected to people is important for maintaining the health of older adults. Singing in a choir may be a fun way to stay connected.