Breathing and Relaxation Exercises for Asthma: a Randomised Controlled Trial
All patients on the GP asthma database in one practice were invited for an asthma physical-therapy assessment, at baseline. Volunteers satisfying the inclusion criteria ie - aged between 16 and 70, able to understand, read and write English, give informed consent, willing to attend the surgery to take part in the trial and with no other serious conditions - were invited to participate in the study. Patients were randomised either to a control group, receiving 2 more assessments at 6 and 12 months, or for comparison to a group receiving 5 physical-therapy treatments of integrated breathing and relaxation exercises (known as the Papworth Method (PM)). The two groups would then be compared at 6 and 12 months.
- The PM of breathing and relaxation training would improve the quality of life for adult patients with asthma in primary care, compared with patients only receiving usual medical care.
- Anxiety and depression, and symptoms from dysfunctional breathing would reduce compared with the control group.
- Respiratory function measurements would improve compared with the control group.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Physical Therapy Treatment for Adults Diagnosed With Asthma in Primary Care: a Randomised Controlled Trial|
- Health related Quality of Life as measured by the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire
- Anxiety and Depression as measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.
- Symptoms from dysfunctional breathing measured by the Nijmegen Questionnaire.
- Respiratory measurements as measured by spirometry and capnography.
|Study Start Date:||October 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||January 2006|
|Bridge Cottage Surgery|
|Welwyn, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, AL6 9EF|
|Study Director:||Professor Robert West, PhD||Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London|