Feasibility and Preliminary Effects of a Telerehabilitation Program for People Living With HIV: A Pilot Randomized Study

Elise Piraux (Corresponding Author), Gregory Reychler, Patrice Forget, Jean-Cyr Yombi, Gilles Caty

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We investigated feasibility and preliminary effects of telerehabilitation for people living with HIV (PLWH) and taking antiretroviral therapy. We randomized 25 PLWH to either an endurance and resistance training exercise (ERTE) group or a control group. Endurance and resistance training exercise sessions occurred in a public fitness center, with online guidance and weekly telephone advice. The primary outcome was feasibility (recruitment and retention rates and safety). Secondary outcomes were assessed at baseline and 6 weeks according to the three International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health domains. Nine patients completed the ERTE program. Recruitment and retention rates were 93% and 69%, respectively. No adverse events occurred. After 6 weeks, percentage change in D-dimer was lower in the ERTE group, but not significantly after the Bonferroni correction. Other parameters were not different between the groups. Therefore, telerehabilitation is feasible in PLWH taking antiretroviral therapy; however, the performance of the program is still questioned, and future research is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2019


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