Effective management of chronic pulmonary diseases aims to: 1) prevent progression; 2) relieve symptoms; 3) improve exercise tolerance; 4) improve health status; 5) prevent complications; 6) prevent exacerbations; and 7) reduce mortality. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a central aspect of the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic respiratory diseases, for which treatment other than smoking cessation and long-term oxygen therapy largely aims at improving symptoms. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a relatively recent practice in respiratory medicine and is described as an ‘individually tailored and designed, multidisciplinary programme of care’ for patients with chronic respiratory impairment. There are several guidelines that define pulmonary rehabilitation practice.

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