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Intradialytic exercise : a feasibility study

By Angela Henson, Bridget Gillespie, Alexandra L. McCarthy, Lisa Finch, Sharon Chatterton, Jan Devlin, Carmel Hawley and Linda Orazio


Background: Exercise is known to improve mental and physical functioning and to improve quality of life. The obstacles faced by individuals with chronic kidney disease on maintenance haemodialysis include increased levels of fatigue, decreased motivation, and the inability to schedule exercise around daily activities and dialysis schedules.\ud \ud Aim: This pilot study was undertaken to determine the feasibility and potential efficacy of an individually-tailored exercise program for in-centre haemodialysis patients.\ud \ud Method: A 16 week program was designed and evaluated in relation to changes in physical capacity, the extent of exercise undertaken, and quality of life indicators.\ud \ud Results and Conclusion: The resultant recommendations regarding the level of motivational support, the time and physical requirements in implementing an exercise program will provide useful information for others embarking on similar studies

Topics: 111000 NURSING, haemodialysis, exercise, renal, chronic kidney disease, nursing
Publisher: Renal Society of Australasia
Year: 2010
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