Relax and Breathe Deeply: A Quick Relaxation Training for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Eleonora Volpato, Francesco Pagnini, Paolo Banfi, Michelle Sheena Rogers

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Abstract

People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) suffer from dyspnoea, which may be increased by anxiety, depression and low-grade quality of life. Previous studies suggest that relaxation techniques may have positive effects on pulmonary rehabilitation. The main aim of this study is to explore the clinical impact of a quick, one-session, relaxation training for people with COPD. 39 subjects with COPD were recruited and randomly assigned to either listen to a relaxing audio or to watch a neutral stimulus, during their routine exams. Subjects were assessed before and after the intervention, for psychological and physiological variables. Subjects who did the relaxation training showed more positive outcomes in their respiratory and cardiac assessments, as well as in assessments of state anxiety and positive affect in comparison with the baseline and the control group. Results suggest that relaxation has the potential to lead to improvements in respiratory and cardiac functions, as well as increase positive affect and reduce anxiety.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteInt'I Conference Proceedings of ICEHM and ERPUB. International Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-2015). International Conference on Issues on Business Administration and Economics (IBAE-2015). International Conference on Business, Marketing and Information System Management (BMISM'15). 4th International Conference on Law, Education and Humanities (ICLEH'15).
Pagine317-425
Numero di pagine109
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015
EventoInternational Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-2015) - PARIS -- FRA
Durata: 25 nov 201526 nov 2015

Convegno

ConvegnoInternational Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-2015)
CittàPARIS -- FRA
Periodo25/11/1526/11/15

Keywords

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Quality of Life
  • Relaxation Techniques

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