Effects of systematic rehabilitation programs on quality of life in patients undergoing lung resection

  • X.-H. L
  • J.-L. Z
  • C. H
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of systematic rehabilitation programs on the quality of life (QOL) in patients undergoing lung resection of malignant lung lesions. In this prospective population-based cohort study, QOL in patients prior to, as well as 3 and 6 months after surgery, was investigated. Using a single-group design, 48 patients (7 females and 41 males) with suspected operable lung cancer were included in this study. The demographic characteristics and the clinical history of the patients were recorded. QOL [assessed using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 3.0 (EORTC QLQ-C30)] was evaluated at baseline (immediately before), and 3 and 6 months after surgical resection. The systematic rehabilitation program, including breathing control, breathing exercises, relaxation training, upper and lower extremity exercises, mobilization and additional incorporating physiotherapy programs, was designed to meet each patient's individual needs. The chi2 and Fisher's tests showed no statistically significant difference in the two groups in terms of age, gender, behavior, clinical stage, adjuvant therapy and Karnofsky scores. QOL analysis of baseline was homogeneous between the experimental and control groups. Three months after the rehabilitation process, the experimental group demonstrated an increase in the general QOL functional scales and a decrease of symptom scales compared to the control group. These changes were statistically significant in the functional scales of global health (P

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  • *lung resection
  • *pulmonary rehabilitation
  • *quality of life
  • adult
  • aged
  • article
  • breathing exercise
  • chemoradiotherapy
  • clinical article
  • cohort analysis
  • constipation
  • controlled study
  • dyspnea
  • emotion
  • fatigue
  • female
  • human
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite
  • lung lesion/rh [Rehabilitation]
  • lung lesion/rt [Radiotherapy]
  • lung lesion/su [Surgery]
  • male
  • nausea and vomiting
  • outcome assessment
  • pain
  • prospective study
  • questionnaire
  • rating scale
  • relaxation training
  • respiration control
  • risk factor
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  • Li X.-H.

  • Zhu J.-L.

  • Hong C.

  • Zeng L.

  • Deng L.-M.

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