Stay Active After Rehabilitation (STAR) – Independent physical activity after rehabilitation

So far, pulmonary rehabilitation has not succeeded sufficiently in promoting physically active lifestyles following a rehabilitation measure. The health effects of physical activity are lost, and the sustained success of rehabilitation is endangered. The planned randomised controlled trial will evaluate the efficacy of pedometer-based intervention in increasing physical activity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the control group (CG), rehabilitants receive the previous pulmonary rehabilitation. In the intervention group (IG), participants additionally receive a pedometer-based intervention. For the assessment of the effectiveness of pneumological rehabilitation with regard to the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, the initial level of physical activity is precisely determined by means of acceleration sensors (accelerometers) and, building on this, the time sequences of the initiation (6-week catamnesis) and maintenance (6-month catamnesis) of health-promoting physical activity after rehabilitation are mapped.

The aim is a) to examine the effectiveness of a pedometer-based additional intervention within the framework of pulmonary rehabilitation to promote a physically active lifestyle in people with COPD and b) to determine individual psychological and physical-functional personal characteristics in order to predict physical (in)activity processes after completion of rehabilitation.

Period: 04/2016-07/2018
Principal investigator: Dr. Wolfgang Geidl
Project staff: Johannes Carl
Project supervision: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfeifer
Cooperation partner: Klinik Bad Reichenhall (CA Dr. med Konrad Schultz)
Sponsor: Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bayern Süd

Project-related Publications: Overview