Ground-based walking training improves quality of life and exercise capacity in COPD

Sally L. Wootton, L. W. Cindy Ng, Zoe J. McKeough, Sue Jenkins, Kylie Hill, Peter R. Eastwood, David R. Hillman, Nola Cecins, Lissa M. Spencer, Christine Jenkins, Jennifer A. Alison

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This study was designed to determine the effect of ground-based walking training on healthrelated quality of life and exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People with COPD were randomised to either a walking group that received supervised, ground-based walking training two to three times a week for 8-10 weeks, or a control group that received usual medical care and did not participate in exercise training. 130 out of 143 participants (mean±SD age 69±8 years, forced expiratory volume in 1 s 43±15% predicted) completed the study. Compared to the control group, the walking group demonstrated greater improvements in the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire total score (mean difference -6 points (95% CI -10- -2), p,<.003), Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire total score (mean difference 7 points (95% CI 2-11), p, <.01) and endurance shuttle walk test time (mean difference 208 s (95% CI 104-313), p, <.001). This study shows that ground-based walking training is an effective training modality that improves quality of life and endurance exercise capacity in people with COPD. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-894
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • ground-based walking training
  • St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire


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