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Thorax. 2019 Mar 14. pii: thoraxjnl-2018-212044. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212044. [Epub ahead of print]

Pulmonary rehabilitation, physical activity, respiratory failure and palliative respiratory care.

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REVAL - Rehabilitation Research Center, BIOMED - Biomedical Research Institute, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Department of Research and Education, CIRO, Horn, The Netherlands.
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), NUTRIMSchool of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT, United States.
Department of Physiotherapy, Laboratory of Research in Respiratory Physiotherapy, Londrina, Brazil.
Department of Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Schoen Klinik Berchtesgadener Land, Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany.
Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany.
Lane Fox Respiratory Service, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Lane-Fox Clinical Respiratory Physiology Research Centre, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, St Thomas' Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
Alma Mater University, Dept. of Clinical, Integrated and Experimental Medicine (DIMES), Respiratory and Critical Care Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
Pneumology, Universitatsklinikum Aachen, Aachen, Germany.
Centre of Expertise for Palliative Care, MUMC+, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, Hull York Medical School, The University of Hull, Hull, UK.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.
Academic Sleep Center, CIRO, Horn, The Netherlands.


The CIRO Academy in Horn (the Netherlands) organised a 2-day meeting to present and discuss the studies published in 2017 pertaining to key priority areas of respiratory and critical care medicine. This review summarises studies focussing on pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise training, physical activity, chronic respiratory failure and palliative respiratory care published in 2017.


exercise; long-term oxygen therapy; palliative care; pulmonary rehabilitation

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: JRC, MD, MJJ, KK, SN, FP, MS, CLR, AMWJS and MAS have nothing to disclose. MD reports personal fees from Philips, ResMed, Weinmann, Heinen und Löwenstein, Fisher and grants from ResMed, outside the submitted work. FMEF reports personal fees from AstraZeneca, Chiesi, GlaxoSmithKline, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis and TEVA, outside the submitted work. NH is on the Pulmonary Research Advisory Board for Philips. NH’s research group has received unrestricted grants (managed by Guy’s) and Philips-Respironics is contributing to the development of the MYOTRACE technology. DJAJ reports personal fees from AstraZeneca, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline and Mayne Pharma, outside the submitted work.

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