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Open Access Home-Based Supervised Exercise Versus Hospital-Based Supervised Exercise or Unsupervised Walk Advice as Treatment for Intermittent Claudication: A Systematic Review

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Objective: To evaluate the effects of home-based supervised exercise vs hospital-based supervised exercise, and the effects of home-based supervised exercise vs unsupervised “go home and walk advice” on daily life and corridor-walking capacity, health-related quality of life and patient-reported functional walking capacity in patients with intermittent claudication.

Data sources: Systematic literature searches were conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, ProQuest, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED), the Cochrane Library, and a number of Health Technology Assessment (HTA)-databases in October 2014.

Study selection: Randomized controlled trials and non-randomized controlled trials (> 100 patients) were considered for inclusion.

Data extraction: Data extraction and risk of bias assessment was performed independently and discussed in meetings.

Data synthesis: Seven randomized controlled trials and 2 non-randomized controlled studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The included studies had some, or major, limitations.

Conclusion: Based on a low quality of evidence, home-based supervised exercise may lead to less improvement in maximum and pain-free walking distance, and in more improvement in daily life walking capacity, compared with hospital-based supervised exercise. Home-based supervised exercise may improve maximum and pain-free walking distance compared with “go home and walk advice” and result in little or no difference in health-related quality of life and functional walking capacity compared with hospital-based supervised exercise or “go home and walk advice”. Further research is needed to establish the optimal exercise modality for these patients.

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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: October 1, 2015

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