Long Term Physical Training in Asthma
This controlled study is undertaken to investigate the effects of a long term outpatient training program on physical fitness and quality of life in elderly asthmatics.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effects of Long Term Physical Training Once a Week on Fitness and Quality of Life in Elderly Asthmatics|
- Maximum oxygen uptake [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Maximum oxygen uptake measured during unsteady state cycle ergometer test with work increments of 10 watts each minute until exhaustion.
- General quality of life [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Assessment of general quality of life using the german version of the SF-36 questionaire.
- Disease-specific quality of life [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Assessment of the disease-specific quality of life using the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ)
|Study Start Date:||April 1996|
|Study Completion Date:||March 1998|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 1998 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Exercise training
Subjects participate in a once weekly supervised exercise training group, duration of 60 min.
Procedure: Exercise training
Exercise training in outpatient sport groups once weekly with a duration of 60 min each
No Intervention: Control
Control group receives no intervention
Physical training is well known to support a healthy lifestyle. Patients with asthma are often unnecessarily restricted of physical activities or avoid exercise due to the unpleasant experience of exercise-induced dyspnea. As a consequence both children and adults with asthma are less fit than their peers. Like in healthy individuals, regular training supports health in asthmatics. In short-term training programs improvements of physical capabilities have been achieved in children and young adults with asthma. Programs of longer durations than 3 months have not been published in controlled trials. Effects of exercise training on quality of life in adult asthmatics are lacking.
|University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf|
|Principal Investigator:||Andreas Meyer, M.D.||Kliniken Mariahilf GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Germany|