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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-12

Pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic respiratory diseases

Senior Consultant and Chief, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ravindran Chetambath
Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jalh.jalh_9_21

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Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a well-established treatment modality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is intended to improve exercise tolerance and activity-related dyspnea. PR also improves health-related quality of life. There is increasing evidence for similar effects of PR in people with other chronic respiratory diseases such as interstitial lung diseases and bronchiectasis. This review discusses the evidence for PR in chronic respiratory diseases, outlines the essential components of PR in this population, and highlights special considerations for exercise training in people with different diseases. Possible future directions for PR research are explored.

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