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Patient Educ Couns. 2006 Apr;61(1):48-55. Epub 2006 Feb 7.

The effects of a lifestyle physical activity counseling program with feedback of a pedometer during pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD: a pilot study.

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  • 1Institute of Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, Anton Deusinglaan 1, P.O. Box 196, 9700 AD Groningen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the effects of a lifestyle physical activity counseling program with feedback of a pedometer during pulmonary rehabilitation.

METHODS:

Twenty-one chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients were randomized to an experimental group that followed a regular rehabilitation program plus the counseling intervention or to a control group that only followed rehabilitation. The primary outcome was daily physical activity assessed by pedometers. Secondary outcomes were physical fitness, health-related quality of life, activities of daily living, depression and self-efficacy.

RESULTS:

The experimental group showed an increase of 1,430 steps/day (+69% from baseline), whereas the control group showed an increase of 455 steps/day (+19%) (p = 0.11 for group x time interaction). The secondary outcomes showed no differences.

CONCLUSION AND PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

This study showed that the use of the pedometer, in combination with exercise counseling and the stimulation of lifestyle physical activity, is a feasible addition to pulmonary rehabilitation which may improve outcome and maintenance of rehabilitation results.

PMID:
16455222
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