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Testing an intervention to improve functional capability in advanced cardiopulmonary illness.

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.

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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.

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