Sonia Price

Sonia Price

Principal Research Fellow

Sonia Price

Background and research interests

Following qualification as a Registered Nurse in 1991 I worked initially in secondary care focusing on patients with long-term and terminal illness. My subsequent move to primary care started a sixteen-year adventure in Community and Practice Nursing during which I specialised in respiratory disease and clinical research. Since 2009 I have been fortunate to have involvement with the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, specifically researching the benefits of singing for people with COPD. This has enabled me to combine a love of music (choir leadership and singing) with a developing area of research. More recently I have joined the Faculty of Health as a lecturer in adult nursing and am keen to develop links between current research at the SDHRC and clinical practice, particularly its potential for inclusion within management of long-term conditions.

Current and recent projects

East Kent Singing and COPD Project 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease challenges both patient and medical practitioner in terms of disease management and quality of life. The project, conducted in collaboration with the University of Kent and funded by Dunhill Medical Trust, involved setting up several regular groups singing events across East Kent and monitoring participants with standardised spirometry and validated health questionnaires.  The evaluation revealed significant improvements in lung volumes and improvements in self-reported health status.  Qualitative feedback from participants was very positive and pointed to regular singing helping to improve mental and social wellbeing and control of breathlessness. 

Maidstone Prison Pulmonary Rehabilitation project 

Joint supervision of a project to introduce pulmonary rehabilitation to inmates with COPD; shortlisted for a Nursing Times award October 2013.  Details of the programme run by NHS  Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and a  documentary based on the project. 

Lambeth and Southwark Singing and COPD Project  

This project, funded by  Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity, extended the earlier work in East Kent to two boroughs in South London.  The work was conducted in collaboration with the University of Kent and the London School of Economics.  In this project, the changes in lung volumes found in the East Kent study were not replicated, but clear improvements in self-assessed health status were found, and  qualitative feedback was unanimously positive and pointed to considerable benefits for personal and social wellbeing as well and an increased sense of effective self-management of the symptoms associated with COPD. 

Evaluation of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation  

The Centre has worked with the  Military Wives Choirs Foundation to assess the benefits of participation in its national network of choirs.  A web-based survey was conducted of participants, choir committee members and choir facilitators.   The findings demonstrated a wide range of personal, social and wellbeing benefits from regular singing, but also some of the challenges associated with being part of a high profile network which places an emphasis on performance 

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