Acute Hospital Treadmill Exercise Training in Adults with a Cystic Fibrosis Exacerbation

Study ID
STU 072016-007

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Clements University Hospital

Julie Buchl

Principal Investigator
Julie Buchl


This study is a prospective study to examine the impact of continuous or interval treadmill training compared to no treadmill training on patients admitted to the hospital with a Cystic Fibrosis exacerbation. Recruitment of subjects to this study will be initiated with a consult for physical therapy. There will be three cohorts for the study.

Continuous intensity treadmill exercise 25 participants

Variable intensity treadmill exercise with interval training 25 participants
PT consult and education only with standard care without treadmill exercises based on patient decline to use the treadmill 25 participants

Standard of care procedures include a skilled Physical Therapy evaluation, strengthening exercises and safety education.
The interval training on the treadmill TM1 cohort versus TM2 cohort is the research question.
Target enrollment is a total of 75. 25 participants in each of the three cohorts

Participant Eligibility

* Adult (>= 18 years old) patients admitted to the hospital for a cystic fibrosis exacerbation

* Ability to understand, speak, read and write English.

* Completion of the 6 minute walk test with no more than 3 standing rest breaks with SpO2 of greater than 89% (with or without supplemental 02) are clinically appropriate.
The inclusion criteria is the same for each cohort.