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Influence of Officially Ordered Restrictions during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients after Kidney Transplantation in a Telemedicine Based Aftercare Program—A KTx360° Sub Study

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Institute of Sports Medicine, Hannover Medical School, 30659 Hannover, Germany
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Medical Clinic 4: Nephrology and Hypertension, University Hospital Erlangen, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
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Department of Pediatric Nephrology, University Hospital Essen, 45122 Essen, Germany
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Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Hannover Medical School, 30625 Hannover, Germany
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Institute of Sports Science, Leibniz University Hannover, 30167 Hannover, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 9144; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239144
Received: 15 November 2020 / Revised: 3 December 2020 / Accepted: 5 December 2020 / Published: 7 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic and Physical Activity)
Guidelines recommend a healthy lifestyle and regularly physical activity (PA) after kidney transplantation (KTx). The KTx360° program is a multicenter, multisectoral, multimodal, telemedicine-based follow-up care program. Effects of the first COVID-19 wave restrictions on health-related quality of life and PA of supervised KTx360° patients were evaluated using an online questionnaire. Six hundred and fifty-two KTx360° patients were contacted via email and were asked to complete the Freiburg questionnaire of physical activity and the Short form 12 Health Survey (SF-12) online. Pre-pandemic and lockdown data were compared in 248 data sets. While sporting activity decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, basic and leisure activity increased, resulting in increased overall activity. The physical component scale of the SF-12 was in the low normal range before as well as during the pandemic, with a small but significant increase during the pandemic. The mental component scale showed normal values before and during pandemic with a small but statistically significant decrease. Our study supports the effectiveness of a telemedicine based program for KTx patient care in maintaining PA and quality of life during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, further research and observation during the ongoing pandemic are required. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; restrictions; physical activity; quality of life; QoL; kidney transplantation COVID-19; restrictions; physical activity; quality of life; QoL; kidney transplantation
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Hanke, A.A.; Sundermeier, T.; Boeck, H.T.; Schieffer, E.; Boyen, J.; Braun, A.C.; Rolff, S.; Stein, L.; Kück, M.; Schiffer, M.; Pape, L.; Zwaan, M.d.; Haufe, S.; Kerling, A.; Tegtbur, U.; Nöhre, M. Influence of Officially Ordered Restrictions during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients after Kidney Transplantation in a Telemedicine Based Aftercare Program—A KTx360° Sub Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239144

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Hanke AA, Sundermeier T, Boeck HT, Schieffer E, Boyen J, Braun AC, Rolff S, Stein L, Kück M, Schiffer M, Pape L, Zwaan Md, Haufe S, Kerling A, Tegtbur U, Nöhre M. Influence of Officially Ordered Restrictions during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients after Kidney Transplantation in a Telemedicine Based Aftercare Program—A KTx360° Sub Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239144

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Hanke, Alexander A.; Sundermeier, Thorben; Boeck, Hedwig T.; Schieffer, Elisabeth; Boyen, Johanna; Braun, Ana C.; Rolff, Simone; Stein, Lothar; Kück, Momme; Schiffer, Mario; Pape, Lars; Zwaan, Martina d.; Haufe, Sven; Kerling, Arno; Tegtbur, Uwe; Nöhre, Mariel. 2020. "Influence of Officially Ordered Restrictions during the First Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Quality of Life in Patients after Kidney Transplantation in a Telemedicine Based Aftercare Program—A KTx360° Sub Study" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 23: 9144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17239144

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