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17/3/2017

ISGlobal: Physical activity levels in patients with COPD influenced by social determinants just as much as by biological factors

ISGlobal: Physical activity levels in patients with COPD influenced by social determinants just as much as by biological factors


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A study led by researchers from ISGlobal and published in the journal Thorax has provided evidence concerning the non-biological determinants of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Their findings could open the door to new complementary approaches in the management of this condition. The team coordinated by Judith Garcia-Aymerich observed that patients with COPD who took care of their grandchildren or walked a dog were more physically active and did more vigorous exercise than those who did not.

The researchers recruited 410 patients with COPD living in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The patients provided information on a number of variables, including their daily habits, socioeconomic status, physical and mental health, and the distance between their homes and green and blue spaces. In parallel, the amount and intensity of their physical activity was monitored for one week using an accelerometer.

Analysis of the data gathered in this way revealed a significant association between responsibility for taking care of grandchildren or walking a dog and more prolonged and vigorous physical activity. 

More information:
ISGlobal website

Reference work:
Arbillaga-Etxarri A, Gimeno-Santos E, Barberan-Garcia A, et al. Socio-environmental correlates of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Thorax. 2017 Mar 1. pii: thoraxjnl-2016-209209. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-209209 . [Epub ahead of print]