II. Indications

  1. Moderate to severe COPD with Dyspnea-limited activities or impaired quality of life

III. Components

  1. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Exercise
  2. Nutritional counseling
  3. Education
  4. Behavioral modification

IV. Efficacy

  1. For benefit, program must be if continued for at least 6 months
    1. Reduces Dyspnea and increases Exercise capacity
    2. Improves health status and quality of life
    3. Decreases hospitalizations
    4. Salman (2003) J Gen Intern Med 18(3): 213-21 [PubMed]
    5. Hui (2003) Chest 124:94-7 [PubMed]
  2. Virtual Pulmonary Rehab or Telerehabilitation (phone call, phone app, computer, video conference)
    1. As effective as in-person in reducing breathlessness and increasing walk distance in COPD
    2. Cox (2021) Cochrane Database Syst Rev (1):CD013040 [PubMed]

V. Approach: Exercises

  1. Upper and Lower extremity Exercises
  2. Inspiratory Muscle training
    1. Inspiratory resistance breathing device
  3. Ventilatory therapy and breathing training
  4. Chest physical therapy
  5. Respiratory Muscle rest

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Ontology: Pulmonary rehabilitation (procedure) (C0199529)

Definition (MEDLINEPLUS)

Pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program to help people who have chronic breathing problems, including

During pulmonary rehab you may do exercise training and learn breathing techniques. You'll also get tips on conserving your energy and advice on nutrition and coping. These can't cure your lung disease or completely ease your breathing problems. But it can help you function better in your daily life.

NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Concepts Therapeutic or Preventive Procedure (T061)
SnomedCT 390739001, 389919003, 390653007, 15081005
English pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation (treatment), rehabilitation pulmonary, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Pulmonary rehabilitation, Pulmonary rehabilitation (regime/therapy), Pulmonary rehabilitation, NOS, Pulmonary rehabilitation (procedure)
Spanish rehabilitación pulmonar (procedimiento), rehabilitación pulmonar (régimen/tratamiento), rehabilitación pulmonar