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A simple and easy home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programme for patients with chronic lung diseases.
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PMID:  16035562     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND AIM: To develop a simple and easy home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programme and investigate its effectiveness. METHODS: Patients with stable chronic lung disease were divided into a rehabilitation group (n = 25) and a control group (n = 18). Rehabilitation consisted of education and 12 weeks of enforced aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. Aerobic exercise training was performed mostly by walking based on the functional capacity of the patients assessed by the maximal incremental exercise test. Patients visited hospital every two weeks for evaluation and a new exercise regimen. RESULTS: Five patients dropped out of the rehabilitation group but three were due to development of unrelated diseases, five controls did not co-operate in the second evaluation. After 12 weeks of rehabilitation, exercise capacity (maximum work load and VO2max), exercise endurance, 6-minute walking distance, and quality of life measured by the St. George Respiratory Questionnaire had significantly improved in the rehabilitation group but not in the controls. At a follow-up evaluation one year after the rehabilitation, some exercise parameters were still significantly higher than baseline in the rehabilitation group. CONCLUSIONS: We developed a simple home-based pulmonary rehabilitation programme, which seems to be clinically feasible and effective.
Joo Ock Na; Dong Soon Kim; Seong Ho Yoon; Yang Jin Jegal; Woo Sung Kim; Eung Suk Kim; Myung Wha Kim
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo     Volume:  63     ISSN:  1122-0643     ISO Abbreviation:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-22     Completed Date:  2005-09-01     Revised Date:  2008-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9307314     Medline TA:  Monaldi Arch Chest Dis     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Chronic Disease
Exercise Therapy
Exercise Tolerance
Home Care Services*
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / rehabilitation*
Quality of Life
Respiratory Function Tests
Treatment Outcome

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