Patients with bronchiectasis exhibit a highly inactive lifestyle, demonstrating a more sedentary and less active profile, in contradiction with the recommended guidelines for physical activity, according to research published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine.

This is the first study reporting patterns of sedentary behavior and physical activity in bronchiectasis patients. The authors highlight that their findings are particularly relevant, since other studies suggested that inactivity leads to decreased survival and higher dependence of healthcare facilities in chronic disease populations, such as those with COPD and diabetes.

Patients reported that, although they recognized the importance of physical activity, they experience low-levels of confidence to engage in exercise, particularly during periods of respiratory symptoms. As a result, this study points out the urgent need for physical activity interventions in bronchiectasis patients.