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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33586

Title: Peripheral Muscle Strength, Functional Exercise Capacity and Physical Activity Before and After Lung Transplantation
Authors: Wickerson, Lisa Michelle
Advisor: Brooks, Dina
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Keywords: lung transplantation
exercise capacity
muscle strength
physical activity
health-related quality of life
Issue Date: 27-Nov-2012
Abstract: Little is known about the early recovery of functional outcomes in the lung transplant population. This thesis investigated skeletal muscle strength, functional exercise capacity, health-related quality of life and daily physical activity pre- and early post-lung transplantation in a cohort of fifty participants. Significant functional limitations were observed pre-transplant, however levels of physical activity were higher on rehabilitation days as compared to non-rehabilitation days. Post-transplant, improvements in functional exercise capacity and physical activity lagged behind the early improvements in pulmonary function and health-related quality of life. Muscle strength was reduced at hospital discharge compared to pre-transplant levels, but improved to pre-transplant levels by three months post-transplant. In summary, significant functional limitation exists pre-transplant, and lung transplantation leads to significant improvement of functional outcomes; however functional recovery occurs at different time periods and to varying degrees, and does not reach levels of a healthy reference population by three months post-lung transplant.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33586
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