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Perceptions of inspiratory muscle training in adults recovering from COVID-19

James Shelley, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo, Zoe L. Saynor Orcid Logo, Jamie Duckers Orcid Logo, Keir Lewis Orcid Logo, Gwyneth Davies Orcid Logo, Ronan M. G. Berg Orcid Logo, Melitta McNarry Orcid Logo

PLOS ONE, Volume: 17, Issue: 11, Start page: e0270620

Swansea University Authors: James Shelley, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo, Keir Lewis Orcid Logo, Gwyneth Davies Orcid Logo, Melitta McNarry Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Post COVID-19 condition can occur following infection with SARS-CoV-2 and is characterised by persistent symptoms, including fatigue, breathlessness and cognitive dysfunction, impacting everyday functioning. This study explored how people living with post COVID-19 experienced an eight-week inspirato...

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Published in: PLOS ONE
ISSN: 1932-6203
Published: Public Library of Science (PLoS) 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa61452
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Abstract: Post COVID-19 condition can occur following infection with SARS-CoV-2 and is characterised by persistent symptoms, including fatigue, breathlessness and cognitive dysfunction, impacting everyday functioning. This study explored how people living with post COVID-19 experienced an eight-week inspiratory muscle training (IMT) rehabilitation programme. Individualised semi-structured interviews with 33 adults (29 female; 49 ± 10 years; 6-11 months post-infection) explored expectations of IMT prior to the intervention, and post intervention interviews explored perceptions of IMT and its impact on recovery. Inductive thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. IMT helped many to feel proactive in managing their symptoms and was associated with perceived improvements in respiratory symptoms, exercise and work capacity, and daily functioning. IMT was well perceived and offers significant potential for use as part of a holistic recovery programme, although it is important to consider the complex, varied symptoms of post COVID-19, necessitating an individually tailored rehabilitation approach.
Keywords: Post-COVID; Long COVID; rehabilitation; recovery; breathlessness; fatigue
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: This research was funded by the Welsh Government Sêr Cymru III Tackling COVID-19 grant scheme (Reference MA/KW/1457/20) and The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales Research Wales Innovation Fund (Collaboration Booster Faculty Fund), grant number FF4.
Issue: 11
Start Page: e0270620