PhD-project: The effects of singing training for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Project: PhD Project

Project Details


PhD student Mette Kaasgaard

Key findings

The PhD consisted of a randomized controlled trial of 270 patients.
In patients with COPD, 10 weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) including Singing for Lung Health (SLH) was inferior concerning 6-minutes walk test and quality of life to the golden standard, PR with physical exercise training (PExT).
No specific demographic or clinical feature characterized patients with effect of PR with SLH. In both RCT arms, effect was associated with adherence to PR in a linear dose-response relation. More patients in the SLH group improved quality of life above the minimal important difference.
We conducted a survey among singing leaders of COPD choirs in Denmark. None were familiar with SLH. They reported a need for specific disease knowledge and insight into optimal singing repertoire for COPD patients.
Effective start/end date01/11/201610/06/2022


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