The Effect of a Breathing Exercise Intervention on Pulmonary Function after Lung Lobectomy

폐절제술을 받은 환자의 호흡운동중재가 폐기능에 미치는 효과

  • 정경주 (화순전남대학교병원) ;
  • 이영숙 (전남대학교 간호대학.전남대학교 간호과학연구소)
  • Received : 2009.12.10
  • Accepted : 2010.02.04
  • Published : 2010.02.27


Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a breathing exercise intervention by measuring pulmonary function test (PFT) three times; preoperative, 3rd and 5th day after operation. Methods: This study was designed as a non-equivalent control group pretest-posttest design. A total of 55 patients with lung cancer were recruited from a Chonnam university hospital in Hawsun-gun, Korea from January to December 2008. Results: 'Forced Vital Capacity (FVC)' and 'Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second $(FEV_1)$' were significantly improved in the experimental group than those in the control group (p<.05). Conclusion: Breathing exercise intervention was found to be effective in improving pulmonary function among lung cancer patients underwent lung lobectomy. Thus, the breathing exercise can be applied in hospitals and communities for patients with lung cancer as one of the nursing intervention modalities for their better postoperative rehabilitation.


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