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Use of pedometer and Internet-mediated walking program in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Marilyn L. Moy, MD, MSc, et al.

Step counts are related to health outcomes in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We established the accuracy of the Omron HJ-720ITC pedometer (Omron Healthcare, Inc; Bannockburn, Illinois) used with an online walking program in 51 persons with COPD. We examined changes in step count in 24 persons with COPD who used the walking program for 16 weeks as part of a trial that studied people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) or coronary artery disease (CAD) or who were overweight (body mass index [BMI] ≥25). The 24 participants with COPD walked an average of 3,429 steps per day. Sixteen participants completed the 16-week program and daily step counts increased on average by 988 steps. In this preliminary study, an online walking program using the Omron and targeting individuals with DM, CAD, or BMI Š25 significantly increases step counts in participants with concomitant COPD.

Volume 47 Number 5, 2010
   Pages 485 — 496


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