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Physical Activity Coaching in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (PACC)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Roberto P. Benzo, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: May 2, 2011
Last updated: April 1, 2013
Last verified: April 2013
This study is designed to explore a new approach to help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) become more physically active. Through weekly telephone sessions with a health coach utilizing motivational interviewing, participants will be empowered to set goals for increased physical activity (emphasis on walking). The objective of the study is to determine if telephone-based health coaching is a reasonable and effective way to increase physical activity, as measured by a gold-standard activity monitor, in people with COPD.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Physical Activity
Health Behavior
Behavioral: Telephonic health coaching

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Physical Activity Coaching in COPD

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Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effectiveness of telephone-based health coaching in COPD. [ Time Frame: 3 Months ]
    Determine the effectiveness of a telephone-based health coaching intervention on daily physical activity level, as measured by a gold-standard activity monitor and daily pedometer record, acceptability of intervention through qualitative interviews with participants, and health-related quality of life as measured by questionnaires.

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: March 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Health coaching Behavioral: Telephonic health coaching
Participants will be given a pedometer and activity log to use daily to track their physical activity accomplishments. Weekly, they will participate in a health coaching telephone session to discuss physical activity and set goals. The health coach is knowledgable in COPD care and will utilize a motivational interviewing approach to support the self-efficacy of the participants to be more active.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Men and women age 40 years and older
  • Current or former cigarette smoker of at least 10 pack-years
  • Diagnosis of COPD stage II to IV COPD as documented by pulmonary function testing (FEV1 <80% predicted, FEV1/FVC ration <0.71) within the past 24 months
  • Able to ambulate independently or with a walking aid (wheeled or standard walker or cane)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to walk without assistance of another person
  • patients with a high likelihood of being lost to follow-up or contact (patients with active chemical dependency), are planning to move out of the state, are not able to be contacted by telephone
  • patients with an inability to provide good data or follow commands (patients who are disoriented or have a severe neurologic/psychiatric condition)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01349608

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Roberto P Benzo, M.D., MSc Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Roberto P. Benzo, Consultant Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT01349608     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-000356
Study First Received: May 2, 2011
Last Updated: April 1, 2013

Keywords provided by Mayo Clinic:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Motivational Interviewing
Health Coaching
Physical Activity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 24, 2017