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Implementing a singing-based intervention for postpartum depression in Denmark and Romania: a brief research report

Warran, Katey; Smith, Calum; Ugron, Hanna; Blaga, Oana; Ladegaard, Nicolai Lund; Carstens, Louise Frøkjær; Nicholls, Lucy; ... Fietje, Nils; + view all (2023) Implementing a singing-based intervention for postpartum depression in Denmark and Romania: a brief research report. Frontiers in Medicine , 10 , Article 3389. 10.3389/fmed.2023.1249503. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: There is a burgeoning evidence-base that demonstrates the positive impact of the arts on our health, wellbeing, and health behaviors. However, very few studies have focused on how to optimize the implementation of these activities for different sociocultural contexts. Due to the increasing interest in scaling effective arts interventions as part of public health strategies, and in line with global goals of achieving health equity, this is an essential focus. Aim: Using the case study of a singing for post-partum depression (PPD) intervention with empirically-demonstrated clinical effects, this brief research report explores implementation of an arts and health intervention that has been successful in the United Kingdom (“Music and Motherhood”) for the new contexts of Silkeborg (Denmark) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Methods: Data was collected from participants at all levels of the implementation structure including at local and management levels. The study draws on qualitative implementation data to explore participant experiences, including one-to-one interviews, written testimonies, meeting minutes, ethnographic researcher reflections and focus groups, including data from 46 participants in total. Results and conclusion: We explore implementation and adaptation across five key themes: (1) acceptability and feasibility; (2) practical and structural barriers and enablers; (3) adoption and sustainability; (4) broader contextual factors affecting implementation and sustainability; and (5) project structure and processes. Taken together, the themes demonstrate that arts interventions need to be adapted in culturally sensitive ways by stakeholders who have local knowledge of their environments. This research serves as an informative foundation for use by other researchers that aim to expand the reach and impact of arts-based interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Implementing a singing-based intervention for postpartum depression in Denmark and Romania: a brief research report
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fmed.2023.1249503
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2023.1249503
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2023 Warran, Smith, Ugron, Blaga, Ladegaard, Carstens, Nicholls, Burton, Zbranca, Ottow, Fancourt and Fietje. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: art and health, culture and health, postpartum depression, implementation, feasibility
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184499
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