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J Asthma. 2012 May;49(4):401-8. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2012.663031. Epub 2012 Mar 7.

Mild asthmatics benefit from music therapy.

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Institute of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University School of Medicine, Cracow, Poland.



The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation with music therapy in patients with asthma.


Seventy-six selected inpatients (54 women and 22 men; mean age = 56.4 years; SD = 11.8) with stable asthma underwent pulmonary rehabilitation in two groups: standard versus music therapy.


After the intervention, an increase in analyzed spirometric values (forced expiratory volume at the first second (FEV(1)), FEV(1) as a percentage of vital capacity (FEV(1) % FVC), forced expiratory flow at 25%, 50%, and 75% of vital capacity (FEF(25), FEF(50), and FEF(75), respectively), and peak expiratory flow) was observed in both the groups (p < .05) but without any intergroup differences (p > .05). A greater increase of mean FEV(1) % FVC, FEF(50), and FEF(75) values was observed only in the patients with mild asthma from the music therapy group (p < .05). In both the groups, a dyspnea reduction was noted (p < .001). However, it was influenced neither by the type of rehabilitation nor by the gender (p > .05), but the interaction of these variables was significant (p = .044). A dyspnea reduction was observed in women in both the groups (p < .001) and in men in the music therapy group only (p = .001). A change in the value of anxiety (6.43, SD = 7.73) on the 10th day compared with the first day of the study was noticed (p < .001). However, this change was not influenced by the type of rehabilitation, gender, or a combination of these two variables (p > .05).


Music therapy improves the respiratory function in patients with mild asthma and reduces dyspnea mainly in men with asthma.

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