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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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 1430 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. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2006

Keywords

  • exercise counseling
  • pedometer
  • lifestyle physical activity
  • COPD
  • CHRONIC LUNG-DISEASE
  • 1ST STEP PROGRAM
  • SEASONAL-VARIATION
  • RANDOMIZED-TRIAL
  • CARDIORESPIRATORY FITNESS
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • ACTIVITY INTERVENTION
  • CONCEPTUAL-FRAMEWORK
  • OUTCOME EVALUATION
  • PUBLIC-HEALTH

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