Are Physical Activity and Benefits Maintained After Long-Term Telerehabilitation in COPD?

Hanne Hoaas, Bente Morseth, Anne E. Holland, Paolo Zanaboni

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This study investigated whether physical activity levels and other outcomes were maintained at 1-year from completion of a 2-year telerehabilitation intervention in COPD. During the post-intervention year, nine patients with COPD (FEV1 % of pred. 42.4±19.8%; age 58.1±6 years) were encouraged to exercise on a treadmill at home and monitor daily symptoms and training sessions on a webpage as during the intervention. Participants were not provided supervision or motivational support. Physical activity levels decreased from 3,806 steps/day to 2,817 steps/day (p= 0.039). There was a decline in time spent on light physical activity (p=0.009), but not on moderate-to-vigorous activity (p=0.053). Adherence to registration of symptoms and training sessions decreased significantly. Other outcomes including health status, quality of life, anxiety and depression, self-efficacy, and healthcare utilization did not change significantly. In conclusion, provision of equipment for self-management and unsupervised home exercise might not be enough to maintain physical activity levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Telerehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • COPD
  • maintenance
  • physical activity
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Quality of life
  • telemedicine
  • telerehabilitation

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