Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD

East MidlandsCardiovascular
Published Date: 1 Jul 2015

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.