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Prim Care Respir J. 2010 Jun;19(2):124-30. doi: 10.4104/pcrj.2010.00008.

The feasibility of recruiting patients with early COPD to a pilot trial assessing the effects of a physical activity intervention.

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School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the feasibility of recruiting patients with early chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to the Health Enhancing Activity in Lung THerapy (HEALTH) exercise and education programme.

METHODS:

Patients with early COPD were identified from general practices. Those meeting the study inclusion criteria were administered tiotropium throughout the study period. Participants were randomised to either an eight-week health enhancing and physical activity (HEPA) programme, or to a control group (usual care). Behavioural, physiological and psychosocial outcome measures were reported preand post-intervention.

RESULTS:

Out of 27 practices approached, 16 (59.3%) agreed to participate. Of 215 potentially eligible patients contacted, 60 (27.9%) replied. Twenty (33.3%) were randomised to either HEPA intervention (n=10) or usual care (n=10). Fourteen patients attended a postintervention assessment.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides valuable information on the feasibility of conducting such a trial involving a physical activity intervention.

PMID:
20126968
PMCID:
PMC6602430
DOI:
10.4104/pcrj.2010.00008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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