The effects of ĝ€on-call/out of hoursĝ€™ physical therapy in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A randomized controlled trial

Abraham Samuel Babu, Manjula Sukumari Noone, Mohammed Haneef, Prasanna Samuel

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Objective: To assess the effectiveness of an on-call physical therapy programme in the management of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: Secondary care level, rural hospital. Subjects: Thirty-eight patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Interventions: Regular physical therapy and on-call physical therapy was given to two groups of patients with 19 in each arm. On-call physical therapy included providing respiratory physical therapy as required by the patient out of business hours. Main measures: Peak expiratory flow rate, sustained maximal inspiration, six-minute walk distance and rating of perceived exertion post six-minute walk test. Results: In the group receiving on-call physical therapy, peak expiratory flow rate and six-minute walk test showed a significant difference (52.1 L/min and 98.16 m, respectively) when compared with the control group (211.57 ± 51.12 L/min and 159.47 ± 67.78 L/min; P =0.01 and 387.89 ± 110.1 m and 289.73 ± 103.2 m; P=0.004 respectively). The difference in peak expiratory flow rate (" peak expiratory flow rate) was seen to be more in the on-call group (120 L/min) when compared to the control group (50 L/min), P =0.002. Improvements in sustained maximal inspiration and Borgĝ€™s rating of perceived exertion after the six-minute walk test were also observed (P>0.05). Conclusion: On-call physical therapy brings about a significant increase in peak expiratory flow rates, six-minute walk distance and sustained maximal inspiration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-809
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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