The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effects of exercise on functional status and outcomes on patients with end-stage liver disease on the liver transplant waiting list and who have undergone liver transplantation.
This study aims to evaluate the effects of a home-based exercise intervention on outcomes in liver transplant candidates and recipients. This home-based intervention consists of a 30-minute exercise session available on digital video disc or on the internet. This intervention was originally developed to improve functional status in community-dwelling older adults and therefore, has been designed to maximize the safety for even the most frail individuals. Subjects enrolled in this study will be randomized to one of two arms: (a) the exercise intervention arm in which the subjects will be asked perform this exercise session three to four times per week or (b) the standard-of-care arm in which the patient will be encouraged to exercise by their transplant clinician at every clinic visit. Subjects in the exercise intervention arm will undergo this intervention for 6 months. All subjects will be followed for up to two years from the time of enrollment to ascertain outcomes.
End Stage Liver DiseaseLiver TransplantationSarcopenia
You can join if…
Open to people ages 18 years and up
Adult (>=18 years of age)
Listed for liver transplantation or post-liver transplantation
You CAN'T join if...
Contraindications to weight-bearing exercise
Requires an assistive device for ambulation
Active hepatic encephalopathy at the time of baseline assessment for enrollment in the study