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Since the relationships between pulmonary function, exercise capacity, and functional state or quality of life are generally weak, a self report questionnaire has been developed to determine the effect of treatment on quality of life in clinical trials. One hundred patients with chronic airflow limitation were asked how their quality of life was affected by(More)
Cycle and treadmill exercise tests are unsuitable for elderly, frail and severely limited patients with heart failure and may not reflect capacity to undertake day-to-day activities. Walking tests have proved useful as measures of outcome for patients with chronic lung disease. To investigate the potential value of the 6-minute walk as an objective measure(More)
Walking tests, frequently used to document effects of treatment on exercise capacity, have never been standardised. We studied the effects of encouragement on walking test performance in a randomised study that controlled for the nature of the underlying disease, time of day, and order effects. We randomised 43 patients with chronic airflow limitation or(More)
To elucidate the characteristics of measures of function in patients with chronic heart failure and chronic lung disease we administered four functional status questionnaires, a 6-min walk test and a cycle ergometer exercise test, to 43 patients limited in their day to day activities as a result of their underlying heart or lung disease. Correlations(More)
Many controlled trials rely on subjective measures of symptoms or quality of life as primary outcomes. The relative merits of different response options for these measures is an important, but largely unexplored, issue. Therefore, we compared the responsiveness of seven-point Likert vs visual analogue scales (VAS) in a questionnaire measuring quality of(More)
A reliable predictor of benefit from corticosteroid treatment in patients with chronic airflow limitation is needed. In a single-blind, sequential crossover trial of placebo and prednisone (30 mg/day) treatment, with each given for 2 wk, we investigated whether an increased proportion of sputum eosinophils (>= 3%) predicts a beneficial effect of prednisone(More)