Physical functioning in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary diseases

Rafael Barreto de Mesquita

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The main aim of this thesis was to provide a better understanding of physical functioning measures in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. It was found that comorbidities can lead to impaired physical and psychological status. Moreover, two field tests to assess physical capacity were found to be valid and reliable, which increases their utility in clinical practice. Finally, patients were found to spend little time being physically active and a considerable amount of time being sedentary. Their activity profile might improve following rehabilitation and/or with the help of a resident loved one.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Spruit, Martijn, Supervisor
  • Wouters, E.F.M., Supervisor
  • Pitta, Fabio, Supervisor, External person
Award date14 Sept 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461597373
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • chronic cardiopulmonary diseases
  • physical functioning
  • activity profile

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