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Socio-environmental correlates of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
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    Time to consider modifiable (especially motivational) determinants of physical activity among COPD patients? A commentary on Arbillaga-Etxarri et al. (2017)
    • Guillaume Chevance, PhD student 1 Laboratory Espylon, Univ. Montpellier, Montpellier, France. 2 Les Cliniques du Souffle , Groupe 5 Santé, France

    I read with interest the article published by Arbillaga-Etxarri et al.[1] titled “Socioenvironmental correlates of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”. In the introduction section, the authors stated that the current interventions (e.g., pharmacological treatment, rehabilitation, self-management) aiming to change physical activity behavior in COPD patients lack effectiveness, particularly in the long-term. The authors argue that this absence of effectiveness could be due to a lack of knowledge of physical activity determinants in this population. To address this issue, Arbillaga-Etxarri et al.[1] examined the socio-ecological determinants of active behaviours in 400 COPD patients and found that, after controlling potential confounders, having a dog and grandparenting were positively associated with physical activity; effects sizes were small, β = .19 and very small β = .08 for dog walking and grandparenting, respectively. The authors concluded that these two socio-environmental characteristics should be considered to promote physical activity both at the clinical level and in future research. This study is important because there is a lack of knowledge regarding the determinants of physical activity in this population.[2]

    Nonetheless, there are some reservations regarding the clinical utility of physical activity socio-environmental correlates to design physical activity programs. Socioenvironmental correlates of physica...

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