The Changes of Quality of Life and Functional Capacity of COPD Patients after Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Ikalius, Faisal Yunus, Suradi, Noer Rachma

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients tend to decrease the capacity, quality of working and increased of life expenses. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program to make COPD patients in better condition. The aim of this study is to assess the benefit of pulmonary rehabilitation to the COPD patients. This is a prospective study, comparing treatment group and control who underwent 8 weeks administration of pulmonary rehabilitation programs. The patients in the treatment groups received chest physiotherapy and ergo-cycle exercise 3 times a week within 8 weeks. The quality of life was assessed by St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), functional capacity was assessed by six minutes walking test (SMWT). Total SGRQ patient in the treatment group (n=21) compare with control group (n=22) had statistically significant decreased {-21,8 (9,1)%; 0,9 (2,7)% respectively, p<0,005}.There are statistically significant improving of six minute walking test (SMWT) in treatment group compare to control group {55 (26,6) m; 3,4 (15,2) m respectively, p<0,005}. The pulmonary rehabilitation programs 3 times a week within 8 weeks improve the quality of life and functional capacity of COPD patients.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Indonesian Medical Association
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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