Pulmonary rehabilitation

Clin Chest Med. 2014 Mar;35(1):241-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2013.10.006. Epub 2013 Dec 12.


Pulmonary rehabilitation is a therapy that offers benefits to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that are complementary to those obtained by pharmacotherapy. The main objective of pulmonary rehabilitation is to restore muscle function and exercise tolerance, reverse other nonrespiratory consequences of the disease, and help patients to self-manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its exacerbations and symptoms. To do so, a multidisciplinary program tailored to the patient in terms of program content, exercise prescription, and setting must be offered. Several settings and programs have shown to spin off in significant immediate results. The challenge lies in maintaining the benefits outside the program.

Keywords: COPD; Exercise; Long term management; Physical activity; Pulmonary rehabilitation; Screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Exercise Tolerance
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / rehabilitation*