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Support for a new therapy at Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine

Collegialität Private Trust funds "Vocal intervention" therapy for young patients with cystic fibrosis
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from left: MedUni Vienna's Richard Crevenna, Michael Mickel and Vice Rector Michaela Fritz, and Ewald Wetscherek and Thoma Böck of the Collegialität Private Trust

(Vienna, 20 November 2019) A donation from the Collegialität Private Trust will allow the innovative therapeutic concept known as "vocal intervention" to be delivered to young patients with cystic fibrosis at the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine of the Medical University of Vienna. On Tuesday, Ewald Wetscherek an Thomas Böck presented a cheque for €10,000 to Vice Rector Michaela Fritz and Department Head Richard Crevenna.

So-called "vocal intervention" is a combination of music therapy and functional exercises from voice coaching. This form of therapy was developed by the Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine (Michael Mickel) in collaboration with the Institute of Music Therapy of the University of Music and the Performing Arts (Thomas Stegemann) and has been successfully used for patients with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma).

"Vocal intervention" is now to be used as a supportive therapy for hospital patients with cystic fibrosis and scientifically evaluated. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive genetic multi-systemic disease, which leads to impaired lung function, amongst other things, and reduces life expectancy and quality-of-life in general.

Thanks to financial support from the Collegialität Private Trust, this form of therapy can now be offered  to young cystic fibrosis patients as well.

Collegialität Private Trust
The Trust was set up and endowed in December 2000 by Collegialität Mutual Insurance for the purpose of funding medical, social, economic and actuarial support of elderly, sick or care-dependent people, particularly for preserving life.