Dina Brooks is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy.
Evaluating the Effects of Music on Dyspnea During Exercise in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Pilot Study
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
2003 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 28, Issue 6, pages 192–196, November-December 2003
How to Cite
Brooks, D., Sidani, S., Graydon, J., McBride, S., Hall, L. and Weinacht, K. (2003), Evaluating the Effects of Music on Dyspnea During Exercise in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Pilot Study. Rehabilitation Nursing, 28: 192–196. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2003.tb02059.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
In this study, we examined the effects of music on the dyspnea and anxiety experienced by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when they are walking. A crossover design was used. Patients walked for 10 minutes without music and for 10 minutes while listening to music. The order of the interventions was determined by chance. The levels of perceived dyspnea (modified Borg scale) and anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-State) were measured at baseline (before a 6-minute walk), at pretest (after that walk and before the 10-minute walks), and after the walks. Thirty subjects with a mean age of 70 ±7 years participated in the study. There were no differences in dyspnea or anxiety levels between the walks with music and with no music (p > 0.05). Despite some positive trends, this study did not provide conclusive evidence to support the efficacy of listening to music during exercise; further research is needed to support this intervention.