Journal article

Maintaining Gains Following Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Edwin K Luk, Fary Khan, Louis Irving

LUNG | SPRINGER | Published : 2015


PURPOSE: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an accepted intervention for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Despite initial improvements following PR, many patients eventually return to baseline function or decline even further. The aim of this study is to look at long-term (>1 year) outcomes following PR. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of patients who had completed PR. Participants were invited for an assessment consisting of participant interviews and clinical assessments using standardised instruments. RESULTS: 129 patients between 2003 and 2012 completed rehabilitation and were eligible. 88 patients were included in the analysis. The mean time of the long..

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