ePS2.10 Exercise testing and training in cystic fibrosis clinics in the United Kingdom: a 10-year update

O. W. Tomlinson, C. A. Williams, Z. L. Saynor, D. Stevens, D. S. Urquhart

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstractpeer-review


Objectives: Regular exercise testing, particularly cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), is recommended best practice in the United Kingdom (UK) for people with cystic fibrosis (pwCF), as is providing and regularly reviewing training programmes. This study aimed to ascertain exercise testing and training practices the UK, as well as any barriers/facilitators to implementation, a decade on from the last review.

Methods: An online survey (Qualtrics XM; Provo, Utah, USA) was distributed electronically to healthcare professionals involved in the exercise management of pwCF in the UK via professional networks.

Results: Thirty-one CF centres participated (11 adult, 16 paediatric, 4 combined), 24 of which were specialist, and 7 were networked clinics. Of these, 94% reported using exercise testing (vs. 53% in 2010). The six-minute walk test was the most used exercise test (used in 55% of centres), whilst 48% are using CPET. Exercise testing most commonly occurred at annual review(93%) andwas typically supervised by physiotherapists (62%). Space was the main barrier to exercise testing (31% of centres). For exercise training, all centres discussed this with pwCF (vs. 82% in 2010); with 94% doing so at every clinic appointment. Physiotherapists predominantly undertake these discussions (74%), with staff training and availability cited as common barriers to subsequent implementation of training programmes.

Conclusions: The present data provides a contemporary insight into UK clinical exercise testing and training practice for pwCF, a decade on from when last surveyed. Encouragingly, more clinical exercise testing and exercise counselling appears to be taking place, perhaps reflecting increased understanding of the benefits of exercise across the CF community, as well as recently published guidance. This survey provides evidence with which to standardise further exercise services for pwCF.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S48-S49
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2022
Event45th European Cystic Fibrosis Society Conference: Making time for exercise and physical activity - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jun 202211 Jun 2022

Cite this