Table 6

Training frequency of participants over 1 year along with self-reported benefits of RMT and barriers preventing RMT use independently (33 participants completed survey after 1 year)

Training frequency over 1 yearPercentage of participants reportedSelf-reported benefits of RMTPercentage of participants reportedSelf-reported barriers to RMTPercentage of participants reported
Sham group Helped strengthen muscles45 (n=15)Busyness with life/lack of time27 (n=9)
Daily0 (n=0)Breathing is better; more air in lungs30 (n=10)Laziness24 (n=8)
Three times per week6 (n=2)Felt better/fresher next day as more air in chest; ‘like a tonic’15 (n=5)No carer to assist as poor hand function18 (n=6)
Once per week3 (n=1)None15 (n=5)*Forgetfulness18 (n=6)
Randomly6 (n=2)Increase awareness of breathing habits12 (n=4)None15 (n=5)†
Never27 (n=9)Good exercise6 (n=2)Lack of time with carer12 (n=4)
Active group Less breathlessness when sitting upright3 (n=1)Felt could breathe well enough12 (n=4)
Daily6 (n=2)Less requirement for assisted coughs3 (n=1)Not fun sucking on plastic9 (n=3)
Three times per week3 (n=1)Improved ability to talk3 (n=1)Too complex9 (n=3)
Once per week6 (n=2)Helped sleep apnoea3 (n=1)Misplaced device6 (n=2)
Randomly18 (n=6)No coach/trainer meant less motivation3 (n=1)
Never24 (n=8)Lack of interest3 (n=1)
  • *Four of these participants were training with a sham device.

  • †All participants had continued using the device after initial 6 weeks of trial.

  • RMT, respiratory muscle training.