Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) for Patients Following Lung Transplantation

2014-07-23 21:08:21 | BioPortfolio


Lung transplantation (LT) is now an established treatment option for patients with a wide variety of end-stage lung diseases- aims to improve quality of life and survival. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is widely recognized as an important component of care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it improves dyspnea, exercise tolerance, quality of life, and reduces healthcare resource utilization.

The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation following lung transplantation is to enhance the physiological and functional benefits resulting from surgery. Inspiratory muscle Training (IMT) is defined as any intervention with the goal of training the inspiratory muscles. IMT can improve inspiratory muscles strength, endurance and exercise capacity in adults with COPD. IMT provides additional benefits to patients undergoing PR program and is worthwhile even in patients who have already undergone a general exercise reconditioning (GER) program. IMT will provide additional benefits (together or without) PR to patients following lung transplantation. No formal guidelines exist regarding the optimal methods of exercise training component of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients recovering from lung transplantation. This study will evaluate the unique influence of IMT in Patients Following Lung Transplantation.


The post lung transplant patients will participate in a rehabilitation program for 6 months. Participants in the proposed study will belong to one of four intervention groups:

1. Conventional or regular pulmonary rehabilitation program alone(an exercise program that consist 3 main components: aerobic conditioning, resistance training, and flexibility exercises).

2. Very low load IMT(sham IMT) alone.

3. Conventional or regular pulmonary rehabilitation program + Targeted inspiratory resistive or threshold IMT.

4. Targeted inspiratory resistive or threshold IMT alone.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care


Lung Transplantation


Conventional or regular pulmonary rehabilitation program alone, very low load IMT (sham IMT) alone, Conventional or regular pulmonary rehabilitation program + targeted inspiratory resistive or threshold IMT, Targeted inspiratory resistive or threshold IM


Pulmonary Institute Rabin Medical center, Beilinson Hospital
Petach Tikva


Not yet recruiting


Rabin Medical Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:08:21-0400

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