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Pulmonary rehabilitation 

Pulmonary rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation

Thierry Troosters

and Marc Decramer

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date: 21 September 2020

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence-based therapy for patients with COPD who have impaired health-related quality of life, reduced exercise tolerance, reduced participation in activities of daily life, or excessive utilization of health care recourses, despite optimal medication.

Programs are individually tailored, but exercise training is the cornerstone of the program.

The exercise training program should adhere to exercise training guidelines for elderly, but specific modification may be needed based on the exercise limitation of the individual patient.

Other relevant disciplines involved in the rehabilitation process of selected patients are nurses, nutritional specialists, occupational therapists, and social workers.

Although the ultimate goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to enhance physical activity, more research is needed to investigate how the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation may spin off to enhanced physical activity.

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