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Research Article

Controlled trial of supervised exercise training in chronic bronchitis.

Br Med J 1980; 280 doi: (Published 23 February 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;280:519
  1. D J Sinclair,
  2. C G Ingram


    In a controlled trial of exercise retraining in patients with severe chronic bronchitis, 33 subjects were followed for a mean period of 10.3 months. The exercise programme was supervised once a week, and daily training comprised a 12-minute walk and simple stair climbing exercises. The subjects in the exercise group showed a highly significant improvement in their walking distance, attaining a maximum increase of 24% after eight to 12 months. There was also considerable subjective improvement. The control group did not improve. No significant changes in cardiorespiratory function or muscle strength were seen. Simple exercise rehabilitation is of benefit to patients with disabling obstructive lung disease.