Conclusion

Pulmonary rehabilitation reduces breathlessness, increases exercise tolerance and improves HRQoL in patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Patients should be carefully selected in order to make the best use of resources and extract the maximum benefits from rehabilitation. Although unresolved questions remain, pulmonary rehabilitation programmes should be included in the comprehensive treatment of patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases.

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