, Volume 196, Issue 1, pp 19–26 | Cite as

Oxygen Desaturation in Daily Life and During a Laboratory-Based Protocol of Activities of Daily Living in COPD: Is There Relationship?

  • Thaís Sant’Anna
  • Leila Donária
  • Nidia A. Hernandes
  • Karina C. Furlanetto
  • Décio S. Barbosa
  • Rik Gosselink
  • Fabio Pitta



To analyze the relationship between oxygen desaturation episodes during a laboratory-based ADL protocol and in real-life routine in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


Twenty patients with stable COPD (12 men, 70 ± 7 years, FEV1% 54 ± 15 predicted) with no indication for long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) were submitted to assessments including ADL performance by the Londrina ADL Protocol (LAP) and level of physical activity in daily life, both while submitted to simultaneous activity and pulse oximeter monitoring.


Episodes of desaturation ≥ 4% (ED ≥ 4%) during the LAP were correlated both with ED ≥ 4% in daily life (r = 0.45) and number of episodes of SpO2 under 88% (ED < 88%) in daily life (r = 0.59). ED < 88% during the LAP was also correlated with ED < 88% in daily life (r = 0.51), explaining 43% of its variance.


In stable patients with COPD and no indication of LTOT, episodes of desaturation during a lab-based ADL protocol are moderately related to episodes of desaturation in daily (real) life, especially those episodes under 88%.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Activities of daily living Pulse oximetry Motor activity 



The authors acknowledge the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico—CNPq (Brazil), for the financial support.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Research in Respiratory Physiotherapy, Department of PhysiotherapyState University of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  2. 2.Health Sciences Graduate Program, Health Sciences CenterState University of LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  3. 3.Respiratory Division and Pulmonary RehabilitationUniversity Hospitals, Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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