Exercise interventions for respiratory disease

Summary

We will investigate exercise testing and exercise interventions to improve the management of respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF).

Supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Zoe McKeough

Research Location

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the few management options for people with respiratory disease that has been shown to improve exercise capacity and quality of life.  However, the optimal way to assess exercise capacity and apply exercise interventions in this group still requires detailed investigation.  We have shown the value of alternative exercise interventions such as Tai Chi training and exercising in water which may allow for increased access to training for many people with respiratory disease.  It will be important to examine the effects of these interventions in the long-term.  Other interventions such as tele-rehabilitation and the use of oxygen therapy during training also require investigation.  We are now able to measure the influence of these interventions in people's everyday lives utilising activity monitors.  Further research on the impact of various exercise interventions on physical activity levels is necessary.

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Keywords

pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise testing, exercise training, COPD, CF, lung disease, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, exercise

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1846