Who needs to know?
- Providers of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR).
- Patients admitted to hospital with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What have we found?
PR delivered within a month of hospital discharge following an exacerbation of COPD is safe. Early PR can improve prognosis by addressing risk factors for further exacerbations (e.g. low exercise tolerance).
The safety and efficacy of exercise training during the hospitalisation episode itself remains uncertain.