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Home-based walking program shows promise for intermittent claudication


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JAMA
Reuters Health - 12/04/2022 - A home-based walking program can provide clinically meaningful improvement in walking capacity in adults with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and intermittent claudication, according to results of a randomized controlled trial. The Motivating Structured Walking Activity in People With Intermittent Claudication (MOSAIC) trial enrolled 190 adults with intermittent claudication due to PAD. The 12-week intervention consisted of two hour-long, individual, in-person sessions during the first two weeks and two 20-minute telephone calls over weeks six to 12. The four sessions were delivered by physical therapists who used motivational interviewing, guided by behavior-change principles, to help individuals set personalized walking exercise goals, monitor their progress, and identify and overcome challenges to sticking with the program. At the three-month follow-up, 6-minute walk distance in the intervention group rose from 352.9 me...


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