Exercise training for lung transplant candidates and recipients: a systematic review

Hume, Emily, Ward, Lesley, Wilkinson, Mick, Manifield, James, Clark, Stephen and Vogiatzis, Ioannis (2020) Exercise training for lung transplant candidates and recipients: a systematic review. European Respiratory Review, 29 (158). p. 200053. ISSN 0905-9180

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Exercise intolerance and impaired quality of life (QoL) are characteristic of lung transplant candidates and recipients. This review investigated the effects of exercise training on exercise capacity, QoL and clinical outcomes in pre- and post-operative lung transplant patients.A systematic literature search of PubMed, Nursing and Allied Health, Cochrane (CENTRAL), Scopus and CINAHL databases was conducted from inception until February, 2020. The inclusion criteria were assessment of the impact of exercise training before or after lung transplantation on exercise capacity, QoL or clinical outcomes.21 studies met the inclusion criteria, comprising 1488 lung transplant candidates and 1108 recipients. Studies consisted of five RCTs, two quasi-experimental and 14 single-arm cohort or pilot studies. Exercise training improved or at least maintained exercise capacity and QoL before and after lung transplantation. The impact on clinical outcomes was less clear but suggested a survival benefit. The quality of evidence ranged from fair to excellent.Exercise training appears to be beneficial for patients before and after lung transplantation; however, the evidence for direct causation is limited by the lack of controlled trials. Well-designed RCTs are needed, as well as further research into the effect of exercise training on important post-transplant clinical outcomes, such as time to discharge, rejection, infection, survival and re-hospitalisation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 14:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44638

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