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Ground-based walking training improves quality of life and exercise capacity in COPD

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posted on 2023-10-30, 07:34 authored by Sally L Wootton, Li Whye Cindy NgLi Whye Cindy Ng, Zoe J. McKeough, Sue Jenkins, Kylie Hill, Peter R Eastwood, David R Hillman, Nola Cecins, Lissa M Spencer, Christine Jenkins, Jennifer A Alison

This study was designed to determine the effect of ground-based walking training on health-related quality of life and exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).People with COPD were randomised to either a walking group that received supervised, ground-based walking training two to three times a week for 8–10 weeks, or a control group that received usual medical care and did not participate in exercise training.130 out of 143 participants (mean±sd age 69±8 years, forced expiratory volume in 1 s 43±15% predicted) completed the study. Compared to the control group, the walking group demonstrated greater improvements in the St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire total score (mean difference -6 points (95% CI -10– -2), p<0.003), Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire total score (mean difference 7 points (95% CI 2–11), p<0.01) and endurance shuttle walk test time (mean difference 208 s (95% CI 104–313), p<0.001).This study shows that ground-based walking training is an effective training modality that improves quality of life and endurance exercise capacity in people with COPD.


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European Respiratory Journal

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