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Maintenance Programs After Pulmonary RehabilitationPulmonary Rehabilitation and Maintenance Programs: How May We Advance This Field?

Martijn A. Spruit, PhD; Sally J. Singh, PhD
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From the Program Development Center (Dr Spruit), CIRO+, Center of Expertise for Chronic Organ Failure; the Faculty of Health and Life Science (Dr Singh), Coventry University; and the Department of Respiratory Medicine (Dr Singh), University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Correspondence to: Martijn A. Spruit, PhD, Program Development Center, CIRO+, Center of Expertise for Chronic Organ Failure, Hornerheide 1, 6085 NM Horn, The Netherlands; e-mail: martijnspruit@ciro-horn.nl


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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Chest. 2013;144(4):1091-1093. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0775
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Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive intervention based on a thorough patient assessment followed by patient-tailored therapies that include, but are not limited to, exercise training, education, and behavior change, designed to improve the physical and psychologic condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and to promote long-term adherence to health-enhancing behaviors. Exercise performance and health-related quality of life improve following pulmonary rehabilitation in individuals with COPD.1-3 Moreover, health-care use is reduced following pulmonary rehabilitation,4 in particular in individuals starting pulmonary rehabilitation immediately after an exacerbation-related hospitalization.5 Therefore, pulmonary rehabilitation is a very important part of the overall disease management of individuals with COPD.6,7

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