Rehabilitation and exercise

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Rehabilitation and exercise

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This chapter examines the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise in the control of dyspnoea. It explains that the goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to achieve and maintain an individual's maximum level of independence and functioning in the community and that this can be best achieved through a combination of education counselling, exercise, and assisting patients to reduce or gain control of their symptoms. Of the eight interventions common to pulmonary rehabilitation, four have been shown to decrease dyspnoea. These are lower-extremity training, upper-extremity training, ventilatory muscle training, and psychosocial/behavioural/educational interventions.

Keywords: pulmonary rehabilitation; exercise; dyspnoea; disease management; education counselling; ventilatory muscle training

Chapter.  10744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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