Physical activity, sleep, and quality of life of patients with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dasdemir K. A. , SUNER KEKLİK S.

JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02770903.2021.1931303
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ASTHMA


Objective There is limited information in literature on how coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic period affects people with asthma. This study aimed to compare levels of physical activity, stress, and fear and quality of life and sleep quality between patients with asthma and healthy individuals during the pandemic. Methods Twenty-two patients with asthma and 22 healthy individuals aged between 18 and 65 years were included. Physical activity level using "International Physical Activity Questionnaire"; stress level, using "Perceived Stress Scale-14"; fear level, using "Fear of COVID-19 Scale"; sleep quality, using "Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index"; and quality of life, using "World Health Organization Quality of Life" were evaluated. Results Total physical activity level, vigorous physical activity level, and walking score of patients with asthma were lower than healthy individuals (p < .05). Sitting time of patients with asthma was higher than healthy individuals (p < .05). Subjective sleep quality, latency, duration, efficiency, sleeping medication use, and daytime dysfunction of both were similar (p > .05). Only sleep disturbance score of patients with asthma were higher than healthy individuals (p < .05). Quality of life, stress, and fear levels of both were similar (p > .05). Conclusion During pandemic, patients with asthma are more inactive than healthy individuals regardless of the presence of a chronic disease; pandemic negatively affected stress, fear levels, sleep, and quality of life. To minimize the effects of restrictions and psychological burden caused by pandemic and to encourage patients with asthma to perform physical activities, conducting studies to control stress levels and increasing quality of life and sleep of all individuals are important.