Pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Abstract

The current treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients must comprise, in addition to an optimal pharmacological treatment, a pulmonary rehabilitation, if possible multidisciplinary, and a program of post-rehabilitation in order to maintain the outcomes. Today pulmonary rehabilitation has proved to be effective in improving dyspnoea, exercise capacity and quality of life in COPD patients, and reducing the use of health services and thus the cost. In this article we want to present pulmonary rehabilitation, its indications and results, and the way by which it is held in the CHU of Liege.

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