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Health Education Literacy and Accessibility for Musicians: A Global Approach. Report from the Worldwide Universities Network Project

Vera A. Baadjou, Suzanne I. Wijsman, Jane Ginsborg, Christine Guptill, Rae de Lisle, Bridget Rennie-Salonen, Peter Visentin, Bronwen J. Ackermann
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 34 Number 2: Page 105 (June 2019)

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Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To address the need for accessible health education and improved health literacy for musicians throughout their lifespan. METHODS: Formation of a multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary collaborative research team, funded by the Worldwide Universities Network. The goal is to design a multi-strand research program to develop flexible and accessible approaches to health education for musicians, thus improving their health literacy. RESULTS: Two team meetings took place in 2018. The first was held 11 to 15 April 2018 in Perth, Australia, and involved a review of existing literature and interventions on health education in music schools, intensive development of research topics, aims, and methodologies, and identification of potential funding sources to support future large-scale research programs. This resulted in the draft design of three research projects, finalized during a second meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands, 27 to 31 August 2018. DISCUSSION: These intensive meetings identified the need for both cultural change in music education settings as well as improved health literacy in musicians across global geographical regions. A global project to address health literacy and health education accessibility for musicians has commenced.

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