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Effects of Singing in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. 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

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Other: Singing practice Other: Singing classes Other: Hand craft classes Phase 1 Phase 2

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 43 participants
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.
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2007

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Arm Intervention/treatment
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

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

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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT00500526

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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
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Principal Investigator: José B Martinez, MD, PhD University of Sao Paulo
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00500526    
Other Study ID Numbers: 4626/2004HCFMRP-USP
First Posted: July 12, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2008
Last Verified: June 2008
Keywords provided by University of Sao Paulo:
Pulmonary function
Respiratory muscle
Quality of life
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases