The article by Hernandez and colleagues published in this edition of Heart & Lung, reports on original research exploring the use of rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) to increase the 6-minute distance walk with individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The authors provide clear rationale regarding the use of music to stimulate movement, increase exercise tolerance, and to distract participants from the perception of dyspnea. Through this report, we offer further insights specifically focused on the RAS process, including vital considerations when implementing a music-based intervention in clinical practice settings.
Heiderscheit, Annie; Khan, Sikandar; Khan, Babar; and Chlan, Linda, "Music and Six-Minute Walk-Distance- One Step at a Time: Commentary on “Rhythmic auditory stimulation increases 6-minute walk distance in individuals with COPD: A repeated measures study" (2020). Faculty Authored Articles. 47.