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The results of this test will give us more specific data regarding your fitness and cardiac health that will be used to further customise your pulmonary rehabilitation program.
In 2014, all the patients, who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation at the Repatriation General Hospital, will be asked to do this maximal exercise cycle test as part of the standard pre pulmonary rehabilitation assessment. Data of this test will be used to further adjust your pulmonary rehabilitation exercises.
If you participate in this research project, there is a 50% chance that you will and a 50% chance that you will not get this maximal exercise cycle test (we will decide this with the help of a computer program). If you will not be asked to do the maximal exercise cycle test, you will be offered the same pulmonary rehabilitation program that has been offered in the Repatriation General Hospital until the end of 2013. Instead of the maximal exercise cycle test, data of the walk test will be used to fit the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Programs without maximal exercise cycle test are offered in most of the centers around Australia.
At the end of 2014, we will evaluate, whether the use of the extra maximal cycle test leads to further increase of the effects of pulmonary rehabilitation. If this is the case, the standard use of the maximal exercise cycle test will be continued. If not, we most probably decide to go back to the previously used pulmonary rehabilitation approach.
If you agree to particiate, we will use the measurements that will be done as part of your pulmonary rehabilitation measurements (at the start, by the 8th week, and end of the program). So, you will be asked to do three sets of measurements: before the start of the program, after 8 weeks, and at the end of the program. All measurements include: completing a set of questionaires, a walking test, and breathing test.