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Effects of Singing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This study has been completed.
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
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University of Sao Paulo Identifier:
First received: July 11, 2007
Last updated: June 27, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of the practice of singing for a long period of time on pulmonary function data, quality of life, and dyspnea sensation of patients with COPD in stable clinical conditions. As singing is a type of respiratory training, the study hypothesis is that singing would improve maximal respiratory pressures, dyspnea sensation, and overall quality of life of these patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Other: Singing practice Other: Singing classes Other: Hand craft classes Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Singing on Dyspnea, Quality of Life and Pulmonary Function Parameters of COPD Patients in Stable Conditions.

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Further study details as provided by University of Sao Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume, functional residual capacity, inspiratory capacity, maximal respiratory pressures [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • General quality of life score: SF-36 questionnaire.Specific quality of life score : Saint George's Questionnaire; Basal dyspnea index [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 43
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: December 2007
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Singing Group
Patients who will receive singing classes
Other: Singing practice Other: Singing classes
2 Control group
Patients who will attend hand craft classes
Other: Hand craft classes

Detailed Description:
Thirty COPD patients in stable clinical conditions are going to be randomized in two groups: the first one is going to have singing classes for six months; the other one is going to have classes of general manual arts for a similar period of time. The patients of both groups are going to perform spirometry, measurements of maximal respiratory pressures and answer the health related quality of life questionnaires SF-36 and Saint George's before the beginning of practice and after 6 months.Both singing and manual arts practices are going to be administered one hour a week by specialized teachers.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of COPD according GOLD criteria
  • Stable clinical conditions for the previous two months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe comorbidities other than COPD
  • Hypoxemia with partial arterial oxygen pressure lower than 50 mmHg
  • Incapacity to come to the research center in a weekly basis.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00500526

Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto
Ribeirão Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14048-900
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sao Paulo
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Principal Investigator: José B Martinez, MD, PhD University of Sao Paulo
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00500526     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4626/2004HCFMRP-USP
Study First Received: July 11, 2007
Last Updated: June 27, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Sao Paulo:
Pulmonary function
Respiratory muscle
Quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017