Last updated on July 2018

Music During Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients With COPD


Brief description of study

This study is aimed at determining whether listening to music during exercise will improve health-related outcomes for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Half of the participants will listen to music while they exercise and half will not listen to music. The study will follow participants during their pulmonary rehabilitation program and for 6 months following completion of the program.

Detailed Study Description

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are encouraged to undertake exercise training as part of their treatment. However, they often find themselves limited by breathlessness and tiredness in their legs. These barriers limit how much a person may benefit from an exercise program and how well they may keep up with a recommended schedule of exercise at home. One way of reducing feelings of breathlessness and leg tiredness is by listening to music during exercise.

The impact of adding music to exercise versus exercise alone has not been explored in the setting of pulmonary rehabilitation. This study is aimed at determining the effect of listening to music during exercise sessions on exercise capacity, symptom severity, quality of life and motivation to exercise.

People with COPD will be randomly allocated to exercise plus music or exercise alone. A music therapist will aid with music selection for the exercise plus music group and the music will be loaded onto a portable device that participants will listen to with earbuds. All participants will complete assessments before starting a pulmonary rehabilitation program, at the end of the 8-10 week program and 6 months following completion of the program. They will complete walking tests, report symptom severity and complete a series of questionnaires asking about their quality of life, symptoms and keenness to exercise.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02980575

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