Comparing effects of 4 months of two self-administered exercise training programs on physical performance in patients with chronic kidney disease: RENEXC - A randomized controlled trial

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Background Exercise training is recommended to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the level of evidence is still low. This randomized controlled trial (RCT) compared two different and self-administered exercise training programs in a representative CKD population. Methods This single centre RCT included 151 non-dialysis dependent CKD patients, irrespective of age and comorbidity. Self-administered exercise training of 150 minutes per week was prescribed for 4 months and consisted of 60 minutes endurance training in combination with 90 minutes of either strength or balance training (strength versus balance group). Overall endurance (6-minute walk-test (6-MWT), stair climbing), muscular endurance (30-seconds sit-to-stand (30-STS), heel rises and toe lifts, handgrip (HGS) and isometric quadriceps (IQS) strength, balance (functional reach (FR) and Berg´s balance scale (BBS)) and fine motor skills (Moberg´s picking up test (MPUT)) were measured at baseline and after 4 months. Intention to treat analyses with mixed models was used. Results 53 women and 98 men, mean age 66 ± 14: range 19 to 87 years, eGFR 20 ± 7: range 8 to 48 ml/min/1.73m2 participated. The strength group (n = 76) improved significantly in 6-MWT, stair climbing, 30-STS, heel rises right and left, toe lifts right, IQS right and left, and MPUT with closed eyes with the right and left hand. The balance group (n = 75) improved significantly in heel rises right and left, IQS left, BBS and left-handed MPUT with open and closed eyes. A significant effect between the groups was found for IQS right.


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  • Skåne University Hospital
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  • Urology and Nephrology
  • Physiotherapy
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0207349
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch