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Rev Mal Respir. 2013 Mar;30(3):194-202. doi: 10.1016/j.rmr.2012.10.602. Epub 2012 Dec 13.

[Outcomes of a pulmonary rehabilitation program including singing training].

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  • 1Service de pneumologie, centre médical de Forcilles, 77170 Férolles-Attilly, France. bertrand.herer@gmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Respiratory education by singing may be considered in the course of pulmonary rehabilitation to help control breathing and reduce dyspnoea.

METHODS:

We have undertaken singing training during pulmonary rehabilitation in 45 patients, mean age 60.1 ± 10.0 years, suffering from COPD (n=37) or other chronic respiratory disorders (n=8). The parameters measured at the beginning and end of course of rehabilitation were: forced vital capacity, FEV1, total lung capacity, residual volume, 6 min walking distance, VO2max, maximum pressure, MRC dyspnoea score, Cincinnati questionnaires and VSRQ (simplified visual respiratory questionnaire).

RESULTS:

The following were the principal significant variations observed (initial value, % variation, significance): 6 minutes walk (326 ± 114 m, +13.8%, P=0.006); VO2max (18,1 ± 6.1 ml/kg/min, +8.3%, P=0.01); P max (75 ± 31 W, +14.7%, P=0.001); MRC score (2.3 ± 0.6, -21.7%, P<10(-4)); VSRQ score (34 ± 13, +50.0%, P<10(-6)). There was no significant change in the level of dyspnoea evaluated by the Cincinnati score.

CONCLUSION:

These results are in favor of a beneficial effect of singing during pulmonary rehabilitation.

Copyright © 2012 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

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