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Clin Chest Med. 2014 Jun;35(2):429-37. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2014.02.007. Epub 2014 Apr 12.

Promoting long-term benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation: the role of reducing the impact of respiratory exacerbations.

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Care Management, Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA. Electronic address: Fahy.bonnie@mayo.edu.

Abstract

The importance of exercise for pulmonary patients is unquestioned. Decreased functional status has been attributed to increased hospitalizations, leading to further decreases in functionality, decreased quality of life and increased mortality. Despite known benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation, recruitment and retention of program participants can be a challenge. Alternatives to traditional pulmonary rehabilitation are reviewed with an emphasis on physical activity, exacerbation awareness and a reduction in hospital admissions.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Exacerbation; Hospital readmission; Maintenance program; Pulmonary rehabilitation; Self-management

PMID:
24874137
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccm.2014.02.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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