Intervention by phone calls raises domiciliary activity and exercise capacity in patients with severe COPD.

@article{Wewel2008InterventionBP,
  title={Intervention by phone calls raises domiciliary activity and exercise capacity in patients with severe COPD.},
  author={Alexandra R Wewel and Iska Gellermann and Ingrid Schwertfeger and Matthias Morfeld and H. Magnussen and Rudolf A. J{\"o}rres},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={102 1},
  pages={20-6}
}
BACKGROUND Patients with severe COPD suffer from impairments of exercise capacity which affects daily activity. Conversely, activity might exert effects on the functional state. We studied whether a short-term intervention by regular phone calls caused an increase in activity at home and whether this resulted in a gain in exercise capacity. METHODS Over a 2-week period (P1) normal daily activity was assessed in 21 patients with stable severe COPD (GOLD III/IV). After this, the individual… CONTINUE READING