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Efficacy of home-based exercise programmes for people with chronic heart failure: a meta-analysis


Hwang, R and Marwick, TH, Efficacy of home-based exercise programmes for people with chronic heart failure: a meta-analysis, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 16, (5) pp. 527-535. ISSN 2047-4873 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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copyright 2009 The European Society of Cardiology

DOI: doi:10.1097/HJR.0b013e32832e097f


Home-based programmes may offer an alternative to conventional programmes or as a means of maintaining physical fitness after graduating from centre-based programmes. We sought to examine the effectiveness of home-based exercise programmes on exercise capacity in patients with heart failure compared with usual medical care. Electronic databases were searched to identify randomized controlled trials. Protocols included an initial period of centre-based exercise followed by exercise at home, home-based exercise only and concurrent centre and home-based exercise. Outcome measures included peak oxygen consumption, exercise duration and the six-minute walk test. Nineteen relevant studies were identified for review. The mean improvement in peak oxygen consumption was 2.86 ml/kg per min [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.434.29]. Exercise duration increased by 1.94 min (95% CI: 0.892.98) and distance on the six-minute walk test was increased by 30.41m (95% CI: 6.1354.68). Other reported benefits of home-based programmes include increased quality of life and lowered hospital admission rates. In conclusion, home-based exercise programmes have been shown to benefit people with heart failure in the short term. Further research is required to investigate the long-term effects of home exercise and to determine the optimal strategies for improving exercise adherence in patients with heart failure.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise therapy, heart failure, home case services
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:90808
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-04-24
Last Modified:2021-01-04

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