Exercise in Patients with End Stage Kidney Disease

Exercise in Patients With End Stage Kidney Disease

This study will be conducted over a 3 year time period. This is a trial of an exercise intervention vs. standard of care in patients receiving chronic dialysis. The specific aims will be to determine feasibility of patient recruitment, adherence to the exercise program, and efficacy of the intervention on patient important outcomes. The exercise intervention will be delivered to randomized participants for 12 months, and consist of the prescribed use of Nordic Walking poles, regular use of a pedometer to monitor progress, and for participants with Wi-Fi access, participation in a physical activity social network with other patients. Both groups will receive regular verbal encouragement to exercise (monthly) by dialysis unit staff. Both groups will receive the same standard of care co-interventions including individualized dialysis prescriptions and health-care interactions according to practices at their centre.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Behavioral - Exercise Prescription

Participants in the intervention group will be given an exercise prescription to increase their baseline steps by 1200 and 2000 steps per day at least 3 days a week over the first 3 months. If tolerated and accepted, the participants will increase their step counts by an additional 600 to 1000 steps per day at least 3 days a week for the next 3 months.This will be followed by a 6-month maintenance phase. The research coordinator will instruct the participants on the proper use of the Nordic walk more on

A Simple Exercise Program for Patients With End Stage Kidney Disease to Improve Strength and Quality of Life: A Feasibility Study