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Roger S. Goldstein, MBChB, FCCP; Robert G. Varadi, MD
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From the West Park Healthcare Centre, Respiratory Medicine.

Correspondence to: Roger S. Goldstein, MBChB, FCCP, WestPark Healthcare Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada M6M 2J5; 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.

© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians. Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(1):242. doi:10.1378/chest.10-0763
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To the Editor:

We thank Dr Ryerson and colleagues for their comments and insights on our editorial in CHEST (February 2010)1, with which we agree wholeheartedly. It has become clear that pulmonary rehabilitation is safe and effective in several respiratory conditions, including restrictive and interstitial lung diseases, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis,2,3 asthma,4 pulmonary hypertension,5 and lung cancer.6 The challenge is to disseminate this information through our professional societies and to optimize rehabilitation programs to maximize the achievable benefits. Hopefully, the next iteration of American College of Chest Physicians statements on pulmonary rehabilitation will recognize that it actually represents rehabilitation of the patient with pulmonary disease.

Varadi RG, Goldstein RS. Pulmonary rehabilitation for restrictive lung diseases. Chest. 2010;1372:247-248. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Newall C, Stockley RA, Hill SL. Exercise training and inspiratory muscle training in patients with bronchiectasis. Thorax. 2005;6011:943-948. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Moorcroft AJ, Dodd ME, Morris J, Webb AK. Individualised unsupervised exercise training in adults with cystic fibrosis: a 1 year randomised controlled trial. Thorax. 2004;5912:1074-1080. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Neder JA, Nery LE, Silva AC, Cabral AL, Fernandes AL. Short-term effects of aerobic training in the clinical management of moderate to severe asthma in children. Thorax. 1999;543:202-206. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Mereles D, Ehlken N, Kreuscher S, et al. Exercise and respiratory training improve exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. Circulation. 2006;11414:1482-1489. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Cesario A, Ferri L, Galetta D, et al. Post-operative respiratory rehabilitation after lung resection for non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2007;572:175-180. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Varadi RG, Goldstein RS. Pulmonary rehabilitation for restrictive lung diseases. Chest. 2010;1372:247-248. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Newall C, Stockley RA, Hill SL. Exercise training and inspiratory muscle training in patients with bronchiectasis. Thorax. 2005;6011:943-948. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Moorcroft AJ, Dodd ME, Morris J, Webb AK. Individualised unsupervised exercise training in adults with cystic fibrosis: a 1 year randomised controlled trial. Thorax. 2004;5912:1074-1080. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Neder JA, Nery LE, Silva AC, Cabral AL, Fernandes AL. Short-term effects of aerobic training in the clinical management of moderate to severe asthma in children. Thorax. 1999;543:202-206. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Mereles D, Ehlken N, Kreuscher S, et al. Exercise and respiratory training improve exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. Circulation. 2006;11414:1482-1489. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
Cesario A, Ferri L, Galetta D, et al. Post-operative respiratory rehabilitation after lung resection for non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2007;572:175-180. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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