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A more active lifestyle crucial for day-to-day function in COPD patients
Date:5/16/2010

to our findings, COPD patients who wish to improve their ability to perform daily tasks may be better served by increasing the normal daily activities such as walking to the post office, working in the garden or doing the housekeeping, rather than performing intense exercise once in a while."

As a physical therapist, Mr. Burtin stresses the importance of integrating healthy change into people's lives as seamlessly as possible. "If patients relapse into a sedentary lifestyle after terminating the program, this may negatively influence the long-term effects on functional status," he explained. "The key point in this intervention is to find activities which the patient enjoys to do, in order to increase the chances of long-term adherence."

In future research, Mr. Burtin intends to further investigate the relationship between physical activity and other aspects of disease progression. "It would be interesting to further explore the relationship between levels of physical activity and different aspects of health-related quality of life and moreover whether changes in activity behavior could induce long-term improvements in quality of life," he said.


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Contact: Keely Savoie
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212-315-8620
American Thoracic Society
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