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ATSU-CGHS DHSc associate professor interviewed by NPR station

A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) associate professor Jeffrey Alexander, PhD, FAACVPR, ACSM-CEP, Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) online program, was recently interviewed by NPR’s Pittsburgh news station, 90.5 WESA.

Dr. Alexander was interviewed about his research on harmonica playing as an adjunct therapy for treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in pulmonary rehabilitation (PR).

Currently, there is a very limited body of research on the topic, however a study Dr. Alexander co-authored in 2012 found that a harmonica-centered PR program produced roughly the same outcomes as traditional PR therapy programs.

There are many more benefits to this type of therapy, such as it helping to keep things fun and interesting for patients. Hear more from Dr. Alexander and learn more about harmonica therapy in PR by checking out the full article here.


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