Hong Kong Med J 2009;15(Suppl 2):S12-6
A pilot study to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a community model for exercise prescription for patients with chronic disease
J Woo, E Hui, D Hui, CM Lum, KH Or, T Kwok
Department of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. A model of community care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic heart failure (CHF) that incorporates exercise prescription is lacking, although the benefits of exercise for these diseases are established.
2. Group programmes incorporating exercise, disease education, and social support consisting of weekly sessions for 12 weeks were designed for COPD and CHF patients, in groups of 8 to 10. A home exercise programme was also prescribed.
3. This model was feasible, enjoyed good compliance, improved symptoms and measures of psychosocial outcome for both disease and improved exercise tolerance in the CHF group.
4. This model could be further developed as an integral part of community management for patients with chronic diseases.