Evid Based Nurs 9:44 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.2.44
  • Treatment

Review: physical training increases cardiopulmonary fitness in asthma and does not decrease lung function

Physical training v usual activity for asthma*

Outcomes at 6 weeks to 12 months Number of trials (n) Weighted mean difference (95% CI)
*CI defined in glossary. A fixed effects model was used. All differences favour physical training.
Maximum expiratory ventilation (l/min) 4 (111) 6.0 (1.6 to 10.4)
Maximum oxygen uptake (ml/kg/min) 7 (175) 5.4 (4.2 to 6.6)
Work capacity (w) 3 (83) 15.0 (11.5 to 18.4)
Maximum heart rate (beats/min) 5 (121) 7.7 (5.6 to 9.8)

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