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Effects of Singing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00500526
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 12, 2007
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2008
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo
Information provided by:
University of Sao Paulo

July 11, 2007
July 12, 2007
July 2, 2008
January 2005
December 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume, functional residual capacity, inspiratory capacity, maximal respiratory pressures [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
Same as current
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General quality of life score: SF-36 questionnaire.Specific quality of life score : Saint George's Questionnaire; Basal dyspnea index [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
Same as current
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Effects of Singing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Effects of Singing on Dyspnea, Quality of Life and Pulmonary Function Parameters of COPD Patients in Stable Conditions.
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.
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.
Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Other: Singing practice
  • Other: Singing classes
  • Other: Hand craft classes
  • 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
    Intervention: Other: Hand craft classes
Bonilha AG, Onofre F, Vieira ML, Prado MY, Martinez JA. Effects of singing classes on pulmonary function and quality of life of COPD patients. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2009;4:1-8. Epub 2009 Apr 15.

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December 2007
December 2007   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
50 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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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
University of Sao Paulo
June 2008

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