In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have investigated the impact of different walking aids on patients with chronic obstructive disease (COPD).
Walking with the help of a rollator (a frame with wheels, handlebars, and a built-in seat) resulted in the longest distance walked and most time spent walking. The use of walking with assistance of a draisine (a bicycle without pedals) improved walking speed with fewer strides but did not improve the time spent walking by COPD patients to cover a longer distance. "Patients with COPD walked significantly further and longer during unaided walking compared with draisine-aided walking," said Dr. Anouk Vaes, lead author of the Respirology study.
The findings suggest that a rollator improves walking in patients with COPD, whereas a draisine has detrimental effects compared with unaided walking.