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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Rehabilitation and exercise

Rehabilitation and exercise

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(p.189) Chapter 11 Rehabilitation and exercise
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0011

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

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