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Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD – ‘Breathe easy, walk easy’

Jennifer Alison

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Abstract

Referring patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to a pulmonary rehabilitation program can have significant benefits on important patient outcomes.

Key Points

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation is an effective nonpharmacological therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation improves symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue, exercise capacity and quality of life, and reduces hospital admissions.
  • Spirometry is essential to confirm the diagnosis of COPD. Spirometry should be performed on all patients presenting with symptoms of breathlessness and suspected COPD.
  • All people with COPD should be offered pulmonary rehabilitation.

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