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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-7

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


1 West Fort Hi Tech Hospital, Pookunnam, Thrissur, India
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal University), India
3 Department of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (PTCD), Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (A Constituent Unit of Manipal University), India

Correspondence Address:
Vaishali Rao
Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.59260

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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.


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