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      Long-Term Effectiveness of a Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Older People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Retrospective Study

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          Long-term effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is still uncertain in older people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The objective was to compare the effects of home-based PR in people with COPD above and below the age of 70 years.


          In this retrospective study, 480 people with COPD were recruited and divided into those ≤70 (n=341) and those >70 years of age (n=139). All participants underwent an 8 weeks of home-based PR, consisting of a weekly supervised 90-minute home session. Six-minute stepper test (6MST), timed-up and go test (TUG), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Visual Simplified Respiratory Questionnaire (VSRQ) were assessed at baseline (M0), at 2 (M2), 8 (M8), 14 (M14) months after baseline.


          The older group was described by fewer current smokers (p <0.001), more long-term oxygen therapy use (p = 0.024), higher prevalence of comorbidities (p<0.001), lower 6MST score and higher TUG score (p<0.001), compared to the younger group. Both groups improved every outcome at M2 compared to baseline. At M2, 88% of people ≤70 years of age and 79% of those above 70 were considered as responders in at least one evaluated parameter (p = 0.013). Both groups maintained the benefits at M14, except for the VSRQ score and the number of responders to this outcome in the older group.


          Regardless of the age, personalized home-based PR was effective for people with COPD in the short term. Above 70 years, an ageing effect appeared on the long-term effectiveness of quality of life benefit.

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                15 October 2020
                : 15
                : 2505-2514
                [1 ]Univ. Lille, Univ. Artois, Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, ULR 7369 - URePSSS - Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société , Lille F-59000, France
                [2 ]Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec, Université Laval , Québec, Canada
                [3 ]CHU Lille, Service de Pneumologie et Immuno-Allergologie, Centre de Référence Constitutif des Maladies Pulmonaires Rares , Lille F-59000, France
                [4 ]Univ. Lille , Lille F-59000, France
                [5 ]Department of Biostatistics, Univ. Lille, CHU Lille, EA 2694 - Santé Publique: Épidémiologie et Qualité des Soins , Lille F-59000, France
                [6 ]FormAction Santé , Pérenchies, France
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                Correspondence: Jean-Marie Grosbois FormAction Santé, Pérenchies, Zone d’Activité du Bois , Rue de Pietralunga, Pérenchies, F-59840, France Email
                © 2020 Gephine et al.

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