Home-monitoring and Adherence of Patients With COPD to Long-term Rehabilitation
The aim of this randomized controlled trial is to investigate the effects of adding PA monitoring and regular feedback of a pedometer (step counter) to an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program on daily PA levels and health status of patients with COPD.
Patients will be randomized to either receive a PR program with PA monitoring and regular feedback of a pedometer (experimental group [EG]) or a PR program alone (control group [CG]). During the PR program, patients in the EG will receive a pedometer to self-monitor their PA and individualized step-count goals. They will continue to use the pedometers and receive individualized goals for 2 months after the program.
It is expected that, by receiving individualized goals and a simple pedometer to self-monitor their PA during and after a PR program, patients with COPD will become more active and adhere to long-term rehabilitation, thus reducing the overall impact of COPD.
|Study start date||2014-04-23|