Resistance Training in Hemodialysis Patients: A Review
Article first published online: 11 APR 2014
© 2014 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
How to Cite
Bessa, B., de Oliveira Leal, V., Moraes, C., Barboza, J., Fouque, D. and Mafra, D. (2014), Resistance Training in Hemodialysis Patients: A Review. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1002/rnj.146
- Article first published online: 11 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 OCT 2013
- Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
- Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
- resistance training;
- strength training;
- physical activity
Few studies have examined the role of resistance training (RT) in chronic kidney patients on hemodialysis (HD). This study reviews the literature about resistance exercise for patients on HD and describes protocols and clinical outcomes.
A search of the MEDLINE database found 21 eligible publications, of which 14 studies applied only RT and 7 combined RT and aerobic training.
Regarding the period of exercise training, 14 studies applied intradialytic exercise. The main outcome reported was muscle strength, which was assessed through knee strength and handgrip measures.
All studies reviewed presented at least one significant result in relation to biochemical parameters, physical capacity, strength, body composition, or quality of life.
This review demonstrates that RT improves muscle strength, some biochemical parameters, and quality of life of the HD patients.