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Exercise Training in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

This study has been completed.
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Università degli Studi di Ferrara Identifier:
First received: October 7, 2010
Last updated: October 26, 2010
Last verified: October 2010

Exercise training is the key component of respiratory rehabilitation.The success of long-term program resides in the integration between exercise prescription and patients'compliance with home training. This can be difficult for patients, especially in terms of understanding the exercise intensity.

This study is designed to evaluate different methods of exercise training at home, to help understanding and maintaining the walking intensity in COPD patients. Outcome: exercise performance, daily physical activity and respiratory function.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Home exercise training
Behavioral: NO Exercise Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Different Methods of Home Exercise Training in COPD Patients

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Further study details as provided by Università degli Studi di Ferrara:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Exercise Capacity [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Home Exercise Training Group A1
Patients assigned to this arm maintain the prescribed walking speed during the training with a metronome
Behavioral: Home exercise training
20-30 min/day for at least 4 days/week
Other Name: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Experimental: Home Exercise Training Group A2
Patients assigned to this arm cover a fixed distance in a given period of time.
Behavioral: Home exercise training
20-30 min/day for at least 4 days/week
Other Name: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
No Intervention: Control Behavioral: NO Exercise Training
No intervention
Other Name: No intervention


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • COPD patients. All patients are at stable state, free from an exacerbation from at least 3 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • COPD patients with a recent history of cardiovascular disease and other diseases that would interfere with exercise performance.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01218282

Pulmonary respiratory unit- University Hospital
Ferrara, Italy, 44100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Università degli Studi di Ferrara
Principal Investigator: Annalisa Cogo, MD Università degli Studi di Ferrara
  More Information

Responsible Party: Annalisa Cogo, University of Ferrara Identifier: NCT01218282     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ExTCOPD01 
Study First Received: October 7, 2010
Last Updated: October 26, 2010
Health Authority: Italy: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Università degli Studi di Ferrara:
home exercise training

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on October 26, 2016