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Dougherty CM, Steele BG, Hunziker J. Testing an intervention to improve functional capability in advanced cardiopulmonary illness. Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention. 2011 Jan 1; 31(1):35-41.
The development of a conceptually driven exercise and self-management intervention for improving functional capability and reducing health care costs using social cognitive theory is described. The intervention has 2 components: a 1-month outpatient exercise intervention followed by a home component, lasting 5 months. The intervention is expected to have significant impact on daily function, quality of life, gait/balance, self-efficacy, and health care utilization in persons with advanced heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We report preliminary results related to process-related variables, including feasibility, safety, and intervention adherence. Intervention outcomes are currently under study and will be reported when available.