Key points

  • There is a sound evidence base showing the effects of pulmonary rehabilitation on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease symptoms and health-related quality of life.

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation may be carried out on an in- or outpatient basis, or in the patient’s home – the outcome depends on the content of the programme and the quality of the team delivering it, rather than on the setting.

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation is effective in patients with COPD after acute exacerbations as well as in the stable state.

See the entire Pulmonary rehabilitation Chapter