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Long Term Physical Training in Asthma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01097473
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 1, 2010
Last Update Posted : April 1, 2010
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Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Asthma Procedure: Exercise training Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (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
Study Start Date : April 1996
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 1998
Actual Study Completion Date : March 1998

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Arm Intervention/treatment
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

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximum oxygen uptake [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Maximum oxygen uptake measured during unsteady state cycle ergometer test with work increments of 10 watts each minute until exhaustion.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. General quality of life [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Assessment of general quality of life using the german version of the SF-36 questionaire.

  2. Disease-specific quality of life [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Assessment of the disease-specific quality of life using the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • physician diagnosed asthma
  • non-smoker
  • stable condition
  • informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • participation in pulmonary rehabilitation in the past 12 months prior to study inclusion
  • unability to attend training sessions on a regular basis for one year
  • symptomatic coronary heart disease
  • uncontrolled heart failure
  • hemodynamically relevant cardiac rhythm disorders
  • hemodynamically relevant cardiac valvular disorders
  • uncontrolled arterial hypertension
  • hypercapnic respiratory failure
  • severe hypoxemia (i.e. PaO2 <50 mm Hg resp. SaO2 <80% at rest)
  • history of decompensated right heart failure
  • pulmonary arterial hypertension (PA mean pressure at rest >20 mm Hg)
  • severe osteoporosis
  • severe airway obstruction (FEV1 <50% predicted, FEV1 <60% predicted following bronchodilatation)
  • maximum work rate of less than 50 watt during ergometer testing
  • uncontrolled asthma
  • COPD exacerbation
  • severe adipositas (BMI >35 kg/m2)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01097473

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University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Hamburg, Germany
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Principal Investigator: Andreas Meyer, M.D. Kliniken Mariahilf GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Andreas Meyer, Krankenhaus St. Kamillus, Mönchengladbach, Germany Identifier: NCT01097473    
Other Study ID Numbers: AM-001
First Posted: April 1, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 1, 2010
Last Verified: March 2010
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases