Schmidt, Anne Mette5; Jacobsen, Ulla6; Bregnballe, Vibeke10; Olesen, Hanne Vebert10; Hansen, Thorsten Ingemann11; Thastum, Mikael12; Schiøtz, Peter Oluf10
1 The Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 Study Committee for Biology, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University4 Department of Sport Science, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University5 Dep. of Physciothereapy, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby6 unknown7 Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of Paediatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University8 Department of Public Health - Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University9 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University10 Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of Paediatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University11 Department of Public Health - Sport Science, Department of Public Health, Health, Aarhus University12 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
It was hypothesised that increased exercise capacity is related to improved quality of life (QoL) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). A 12-week individually tailored unsupervised aerobic exercise programme was offered to 42 patients with CF. At the start and at the end of the exercise programme, data on QoL, current exercise habits and preferences, anthropometric data, exercise test, and lung function test were collected. Adherence was observed by a heart rate (HR) monitor. A total of 24 patients accepted to be enrolled in the exercise programme and 14 completed the programme. Another 14 patients declined to be enrolled in the exercise programme but completed the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults (CFQ-R 14+). Four patients did not want to participate at all. The 14 patients completing the exercise programme had a significantly increased VO(2max), but they showed no significant change in total QoL score. However, the scores in the domain of treatment burden and emotional functioning increased significantly. There was no significant difference in QoL and lung function between patients participating in the exercise programme (n = 24) and non-participants (n = 14). A 12-week individually tailored unsupervised aerobic exercise programme where HR monitors were used significantly affected VO(2max). Improvement in QoL could not be demonstrated in this study.
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 2011, Vol 27, Issue 8, p. 548-556