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Maintenance of benefit of telerehabilitation in people with chronic respiratory disease: a secondary analysis to understand contributing factors.

Description: Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise and education that helps to improve function, reduce symptoms and reduce need for hospitalisation in people with chronic respiratory disease. A traditional program of pulmonary rehabilitation is run at the outpatient department of the hospital and is 8-weeks in duration. Despite improvements in symptoms and function achieved at the end of the rehabilitation period, these gains are typically lost by 1-year. Telerehabilitation enables the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation directly into a patients home. In our recent study of telerehabilitation, participants maintained the benefits of rehabilitation over 12-months. This is a novel finding and the reasons for this remain to be determined. Aim: To understand what participant characteristics may contribute to maintenance of exercise capacity gains over 12-months in people with chronic respiratory disease undertaking a home-based program of telerehabilitation Overview of methods: This project will involve a secondary analysis of participant demographic and clinical outcome data collected as a part of a larger randomised controlled trial.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
Pulmonary rehabilitation; Exercise; Telerehabilitation: Respiratory; Chronic Disease
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Physical location 
Alfred Centre

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