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Effects of a home-based exercise-training program on functional capacity among COVID-19 surviors: a randomized controlled clinical trial

Grant number: 20/15678-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2022
Effective date (End): September 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Medical Clinics
Principal Investigator:Karla Fabiana Goessler
Grantee:Matheus Molina Meletti
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Worldwide more than 1.300.000 of deaths were attributed to severe acute respiratory syndrome induced by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which has been declared a pandemic. A portion of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 (~ 20%) have severe respiratory symptoms which require intensive therapy with oxygen support increasing hospital length to treat the disease. Thus, the present project aims to evaluate the effect of a home-based exercise training program on functional capacity in COVID-19 survivors. To this end, a randomized controlled clinical trial will be conducted, in which patients will be randomized to the intervention (home-based exercise training program) or control (conventional post-treatment) groups. Before and after the intervention period (12 weeks), patients will be assessed for functional capacity, through physical tests and questionnaires. At the end of the 12-week intervention, it is expected that patients allocated to the home-based program will improve functional capacity compared to patients in the control group.(AU)

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