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Lung India. 2010 Jan;27(1):4-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-2113.59260.

Effect of upper limb, lower limb and combined training on health-related quality of life in COPD.

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West Fort Hi Tech Hospital, Pookunnam, Thrissur, India.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To study the effect of unsupported upper limb and lower limb exercise training and their combined influence on the exercise performance and health-related quality of life in COPD patients.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Thirty patients were randomly assigned to one of the three groups, through block randomization. Of the three groups, group A received upper limb training, group B received lower limb training, and group C received both upper and lower limb training. Patients in group A, B, and C underwent exercise training five times a week for four weeks. The outcome measures used in the study were unsupported upper limb endurance test (UULEX), Six-Minute Walk Test (6-MWT), and a Chronic Respiratory Questionnaire. Statistical analysis was performed with analysis of variance, Wilcoxon scale, and a Kruskal Wallis one way ANOVA test, and a P value of .05 was used in the study.

CONCLUSION:

The combined upper limb and lower limb training group showed a significant improvement in the exercise performance and health-related quality of life.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; health-related quality of life; lower limb training; upper limb training

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