Biomedical Research

Research Article - Biomedical Research (2017) Volume 28, Issue 2

The effects of a pulmonary rehabilitation program on exercise tolerance, quality of life, sleep quality and emotional status in the patients with Parkinson's disease

Introduction: We aimed in the present study to investigate the effects of pulmonary rehabilitation on the respiratory parameters and effort capacity, quality of life (QoL), anxiety, depression, and sleepiness in the patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

Methods: The study included 34 mobilized patients with PD. Patients underwent a 12-week pulmonary physiotherapy (PPT). Pulmonary function tests (PFT), six-minute walk test (6mWT), Hoehn and Yahr Scale (HYS), Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), QoL, Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) scores were evaluated before and after PPT.

Results: PPT improved parameters of PFT significantly, and caused an increase of about 35 m in the 6mWT (p<0.001). HYS (p=0.002), UPDRS, QoL, PDQ, BAI, BDI and ESS scores were found to improve significantly after the PPT (p<0.001 for all).

Conclusion: Results of our study indicated that PPT is effective significantly and positively especially on the non-motor complications, by increasing effort capacity and walking distance in the patients with PD.

Author(s): Belma Güngen, Yusuf Aydemir, Yesim Aras, Adil Güngen, Dilcan Kotan, Serdar Bal

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