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Increasing physical activity in people with COPD.

Armstrong, M., 2020. Increasing physical activity in people with COPD. Practice Nursing, 31 (11), 461-466.

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DOI: 10.12968/pnur.2020.31.11.461


Levels of physical activity tend to be reduced in people with COPD. Matthew Armstrong discusses the benefits of improving activity levels in this group of patients It is well acknowledged that levels of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are considerably lower than healthy-age matched individuals, with physical inactivity recognised as a key predictor of hospitalisation and mortality. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has become a major tool for managing symptoms of COPD and the associated extra-pulmonary effects. However, inconsistencies surrounding its effectiveness in terms of improving physical activity remain due to the complex nature of physical activity. To overcome these inconsistencies, both pharmacological and behavioural interventions have been documented to aid improvements in physical activity, with behavioural interventions alongside PR found to be the most effective tool to promote levels of physical activity. Health professionals must therefore look to incorporate an interdisciplinary approach in order to best achieve improvements in physical activity levels in patients with COPD.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Pulmonary rehabilitation; Physical activity; Behaviour change
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35927
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Aug 2021 10:49
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:29


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