What is needed?

  • Healthcare delivery systems should make conventional pulmonary rehabilitation available to all patients who are likely to benefit.

  • Strategies for maintaining the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation on a long-term basis are needed.

  • Further research is required in order to optimise pulmonary rehabilitation. It should be tailored to the needs of the individual patient; the optimal schedule (intensity and duration of exercise training) should be defined; and the usefulness of other components beyond exercise should be clarified.

  • More research is required in order to evaluate the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in respiratory diseases other than COPD.

  • Telehealthcare in COPD seems to have an impact on the HRQoL of patients, reducing the frequency of hospital attendance. However, further research is needed to clarify its role as telehealthcare trials have included it as part of more complex packages.

See the entire Pulmonary rehabilitation Chapter