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Respir Care. 2011 Jun;56(6):783-9. doi: 10.4187/respcare.00939. Epub 2011 Feb 11.

Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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  • 1Autoimmune Lung Center and Interstitial Lung Disease Program, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado 80206, USA. swigrisj@njc.org

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  • Respir Care. 2013 Apr;58(4):e51.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Information on the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is growing, but PR's effects on certain important outcomes is lacking.

METHODS:

We conducted a pilot study of PR in IPF and analyzed changes in functional capacity, fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep, and health status from baseline to after completion of a standard, 6-week PR program.

RESULTS:

Six-min walk distance improved a mean ± standard error 202 ± 135 feet (P = .01) from baseline. Fatigue Severity Scale score also improved significantly, declining an average 1.5 ± 0.5 points from baseline. There were trends toward improvement in anxiety, depression, and health status.

CONCLUSIONS:

PR improves functional capacity and fatigue in patients with IPF. (Clinical Trials.gov registration NCT00692796.)

PMID:
21333082
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PMCID:
PMC3753775
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