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

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Q In patients with asthma, does physical training improve respiratory and general health?


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Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline (1966 to May 2005), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1980 to May 2005), SportDiscus (1949 to May 2005), Current Contents (1995 to May 2005), Science Citation Index (1995 to May 2005), and reference lists of relevant studies.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in any language that compared physical training (whole body aerobic exercise lasting 20–30 min 2–3 times/wk) for ⩾4 weeks with usual activity (no encouragement or training) in patients ⩾8 years of age with asthma. Methodological quality assessment of individual trials included …

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  • For correspondence: Dr F S F Ram, School of Health Sciences, Massey University – Albany, Auckland, New Zealand. fsfram{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.