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J Rehabil Med. 2004 Jul;36(4):153-8.

Performance changes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on long-term oxygen therapy after physiotherapy.

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Department of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. gun.faager@ks.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on long-term oxygen therapy would benefit from an early 8-week rehabilitation programme in terms of exercise performance, health-related quality of life and activities of daily living.

METHODS:

Two weeks after onset of oxygen therapy, 20 patients were randomized to rehabilitation (group A) or not (group B). Exercise performance was measured using a 6-minute walking test. Health-related quality of life was measured with the Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire. Activity of daily living ability was measured with the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The mean 6-minute walking distance increased by 35% (p < 0.01) in group A after rehabilitation. The mean increase in group B was only 8% (n.s.). Patients in group A reported less overall dyspnoea after rehabilitation (p < 0.05) and, compared with group B, reported better activity of daily living ability (p < 0.01).

CONCLUSION:

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on long-term oxygen treatment may improve their walking distance, experience less dyspnoea and improve activity of daily living ability with an early rehabilitation programme.

PMID:
15370730
DOI:
10.1080/16501970410023443
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