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Paed Asthma – Improves quality of life

Evidence Summary
All studies that assessed quality of life as an outcome measure showed an improvement within the physical activity intervention groups. This improvement ranged from small to significant improvements, with most studies showing a significant improvement. There was no apparent correlation between improved quality of life outcomes and the frequency, intensity, timing, or type of the physical activity performed.

Quality of Evidence
Grade A – High Quality – there is a large body of work looking at the effect of physical activity on the quality of life (QOL) in paediatric and adolescent patients with asthma. These include cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies, and systematic reviews.
Strength of Recommendation
1A. Strong recommendation, high quality evidence.

The published research is strongly in favour of physical activity significantly improving quality of life in paediatric and adolescent asthmatic populations, with the studies having a large mean effect size. Improvements were also seen in care givers’ quality of life in one study.

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