Beyond current standard physiotherapy, progressive exercise rehabilitation need not be started in the early stages of acute COPD
Who needs to know?
• Providers of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR).
• Patients admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What have we found?
• PR delivered within a month of hospital discharge following an exacerbation of COPD is safe. Early PR can improve prognosis by addressing risk factors for further exacerbations (e.g. low exercise tolerance).
• The safety and efficacy of exercise training during the hospitalisation episode itself remains uncertain.