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Influence of Selected Components of Buteyko Breathing Exercise on the Quality of Life (QOL) of Male Patients with Bronchial Asthma
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Volume 1, 2014
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Jibril Mohammed, Department of Physiotherapy, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria; Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium.
Farida Garba Sumaila, Department of Physiotherapy, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria.
Fatima Ibrahim Hamza, Department of Physiotherapy, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria.
The treatment of asthma with complementary medicine has been reported to have a significant positive effect on several health indicators and also reduce asthma exacerbation. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of selected components of Buteyko breathing exercise on the health related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients with bronchial asthma. Twenty eight male patients with bronchial asthma were recruited to participate in this study from a population of patients attending the respiratory clinic of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria. The patients were randomly assigned into experimental group (EG) and control group (CG). The EG participants underwent a 4-week physiotherapist supervised nasal breathing and control pause techniques in addition to their routine medications. The CG participants only took their routine medications. Mini asthma quality of life questionnaire (AQLQ) was used to assess their HRQOL pre and post treatment. The data obtained was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results of the study reveal that the mean age of the participants were 40±7.1 years and 43.6±7.6 years in the EG and CG respectively (p>0.05). The weight (EG: 52.4±6.95; CG:55.2±4.5) and height (EG: 1.64±0.4; CG:1.59±0.9) of the participants were also comparable (p>0.05). Both groups had a comparable pre intervention HRQOL score (p=0.193). However, in the post intervention period, the EG showed a better and significantly higher HRQOL score (60± 7.4) compared to the CG (34±9) participants score (p=0.001). It was concluded that the two (nasal breathing and control pause breathing) Buteyko breathing techniques improved the HRQOL of male patients with bronchial asthma.
Buteyko, Quality of Life, Bronchial Asthma, Outcome, Nigeria
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