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However, it is widely recognized that these measures cannot cure COPD. Much of the effort in the management of this condition must be directed toward preventive treatment strategies aimed at improving symptoms, patient functioning, and quality of life. In one study, 119 COPD patients were randomly assigned to either comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation or an education control group. Pulmonary rehabilitation consisted of 12 4-hour sessions distributed over an 8-week period. The content of the sessions was education, physical and respiratory care, psychosocial support, and supervised exercise.

A thermistor is one type of transducer used to detect heat. A photoplethysmograph is a transducer used to detect changes in density of the skin as a result of changes in blood volume. And a strain gauge is a transducer that measures mechanical changes, such as the movement of some part of the body. B. Establishing a Biofeedback Laboratory A minimum requirement would be to establish a large enough area that could hold a recliner, a chair for the individual conducting the biofeedback session, the Name /A1745/A1745_CH04 04/12/01 06:30AM Plate # 0-Composite 40 pg 40 # 4 Biofeedback biofeedback equipment, a personal computer, and lighting that can be dimmed.

Physical inactivity may be increasing as Americans spend more time watching television or working with computers. Methods to enhance exercise include environmental manipulation, behavior modification, cognitive– behavior modification, and educational approaches. The behavior modification interventions use principles of learning to increase physical activity. These interventions typically control the contingencies associated with physical activity and reinforce active behaviors. Cognitive–behavior modification interventions are similar to behavior modification approaches.

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