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Choral Arts Program for HIV/AIDS Patients and Their Caregivers

In 2006, the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center in conjunction with the Comprehensive HIV Program at Temple Hospital received a grant from Johnson & Johnson and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Drs. Cheryl Dileo (Professor of Music Therapy) and Dr. Ellen Tedaldi (Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the HIV Program) served as Principal Investigators.

The grant, in the amount of $20,000, funded a research project that implemented and evaluated physiological, psychological, social, and quality of life effects of a unique choral arts/music therapy program for underserved minority HIV/AIDS patients and their caregivers. Patients and their caregivers participated in a specially designed choir that met weekly over a 9-month period. Immediately following the choir, small group music therapy sessions were provided to participants. Board-certified music therapy graduate students lead the sessions under Dr. Dileo’s supervision.

Participation in this program resulted in improved psychological well-being, reduced isolation, enhanced social support, and increased hope.