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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Exercise Training to Improve Exercise Capacity and Quality of Life in People with Non-Malignant Dust-Related Respiratory Diseases

Description of Resource: 
Exposure to harmful dusts or particles such as asbestos can lead to respiratory diseases. These are called dust-related respiratory diseases and include diseases such as asbestosis. People with dust-related respiratory diseases may experience decreases in exercise capacity and quality of life. This systematic review sought to assess whether exercise training improved exercise capacity and quality of life in people with dust-related respiratory diseases. It identified 2 studies with a total of 40 people. All participants were men between 55 and 86 years old. Of these, 21 participated in exercise training and 19 did not participate in exercise training. Both exercise programs included cycling and walking and 1 program also included strength-training exercises. In both studies, training lasted for 8 weeks with participants attending 2 to 3 sessions per week. This review found quality of life improved more in people who exercised compared to those who did not.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being
Respiratory Diseases
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Dale MT, McKeough ZJ, Troosters T, Bye P, Alison JA. Exercise training to improve exercise capacity and quality of life in people with non-malignant dust-related respiratory diseases. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2017 12 5];(11):Article CD009385. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009385.pub2. Available from: