Efficacy of a physical exercise training programme COPD in primary care: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial
Fastenau, Annemieke × Muris, Jean W M de Bie, Rob A Hendriks, Erik J M Asijee, Guus M Beekman, Emmylou Gosselink, Rik van Schayck, Onno C P #
BMC Public Health vol:14 pages:788
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is recognized as a systemic illness with significant extra-pulmonary features, such as exercise intolerance and muscle weakness. Pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to be very effective in counteracting these consequences in patients with more advanced COPD. However, limited data is available on the efficacy of a physical exercise training programme in patients with mild to moderate COPD in primary care. Furthermore, it is unknown if improved exercise capacity translates into enhanced daily physical activities. The aim of this paper is to describe the design of a randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a physical exercise training programme in patients with mild to moderate COPD.