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The Effect of Progressive Relaxation Exercises on Fatigue and Sleep Quality in Individuals With COPD

Yilmaz, Cemile Kutmec PhD; Kapucu, Sevgisun PhD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000234

This randomized controlled experimental study was conducted to investigate the effect of progressive muscle relaxation exercises on dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep quality in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A Descriptive Questionnaire and the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma Fatigue Scale, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma Sleep Scale and Medical Research Council Dyspnea Scale were used for data collection. The decrease in the mean dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep scores in the intervention group was statistically significantly more pronounced than the patients in the control group (P < .05). Progressive relaxation exercises can be implemented to decrease the dyspnea, fatigue, and sleep problems seen in patients with moderate and advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by nurses working in the clinic.

Health High School, Nursing Department, Aksaray University, Turkey (Dr Yilmaz); and Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (Dr Kapucu).

Correspondence: Cemile Kutmec Yilmaz, PhD, Health High School, Nursing Department, Aksaray University, Aksaray, Turkey (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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