Effects of slow breathing exercises and music in patients with hypertension: 15 months follow-up
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, ISSN 2043-7730, EISSN 2043-7749, Vol. 2, no 3, 377-383 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Active patient participation in care is a prerequisite for effective self-management.
Aim: To evaluate if a person centred directed intervention such as device-guided slow breathing exercises (DGBE) and listening to music can reduce blood pressure over a period of 15 months in patients with hypertension.
Methods: A randomized, controlled study was conducted for 15 months, 48 patients using DGBE- exercises and 42 patients in a CD group listening to music from a CD-player, for 15 minutes three times a week in both groups.
Results: Systolic blood pressure (SBP) reduction was -9.8 mmHg (p<0.001) in the DGBE group and -7.7 mmHg (p<0.01) in the CD group, diastolic blood pressure (DBP) reduction was -4.1 mmHg (p<0.05) in the DGBE group and -2.5 mmHg (ns) in the CD group. No significant differences were found in median blood pressure between the groups neither at inclusion nor after 15 months.
Conclusion: Person centred care with breathing exercises and listening to music 15 minutes three times a week can reduce blood-pressure in patients with hypertension over a period of 15 months.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Buckingham Press , 2012. Vol. 2, no 3, 377-383 p.
blood pressure, hypertension, device guided breathing exercises, music, person centred care, person centred medicine, self-management
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87087DiVA: diva2:584948