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Developing Complementary Clinical Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD: Why Add More?

Roger Goldstein, MBChB, FCCP; Darcy Marciniuk, MD, FCCP
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From the Respiratory Division (Dr Goldstein), West Park Healthcare Centre, University of Toronto; and the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (Dr Marciniuk), University of Saskatchewan.

Correspondence to: Roger Goldstein, MBChB, FCCP, Respiratory Division, West Park Healthcare Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M6M 2J5, Canada; e-mail: rgoldstein@westpark.org


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;139(1):13-14. doi:10.1378/chest.10-2280
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As a result of the steady progress in evidence from well-designed controlled trials that have used valid, interpretable, and meaningful outcome measures, rehabilitation of the patient with COPD has moved from being peripheral to patient care to a central component of his/her comprehensive management. This process has been helped by the growing awareness of the global magnitude of the impact of COPD on mortality, morbidity, health-care use, and health-related quality of life. It has also been helped by the increasing number and sophistication of clinical practice guidelines designed to assist health-care professionals in establishing and maintaining best practice pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs.

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