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Cystic Fibrosis

Our telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation program improves patient care for people with cystic fibrosis.

At the University of Kansas, we're lookingto improve outcomes associated to morbidity and mortality for those with cystic fibrosis (CF).

Through a partially supervised, telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation program, we're studying the effects of different prescribed exercise intensities to determine the most effective aerobic exercise strategy for improving cardiorespiratory fitness (CR-fitness).

Shortness-of-breath associated with CF contributes to a sedentary lifestyle and decreases exercise tolerance, leading to reduced CR-fitness. Poor CR-fitness is a strong, independent predictor of mortality in CF patients.

Exercise training is a valued element of care for improving CR-fitness in CF patients. However, many CF patients cannot travel to specialized rehabilitation because of the associated time and costs. Results from the telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation program will inform how to elicit the greatest improvement in CR-fitness and other important patient-centered health outcomes.

Principal Investigator Dave Burnett; Co-Principal Investigator Joel Mermis

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Respiratory Care Education
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 1013
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-4630 • 711 TTY