Six studies were included in the review (n=84 patients). The studies included one randomised controlled trial (RCT, n=38 patients), two non controlled trials (n=43 patients), and three case reports (n=3 patients). All studies were pilot studies and were of poor methodological quality.
Three studies reported an increase in patient-reported quality of life scores.
The RCT reported that patients receiving the home-based exercise programme had a significantly slower decline in total well-being scores and a slower rate of increase in fatigue than the control group.
All three case studies reported an increase in work capacity and physical fitness measures after exercise.