Pulmonary rehabilitation: joint ACCP/AACVPR evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Description: 40 page document. The guidelines provide evidence of the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation as an intervention for people with COPD and other chronic lung conditions. Outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation programs are presented in terms of physical performance (eg, dyspnea), psychosocial outcomes including quality of life, health care utilisation and economic analyses, and long term benefits including survival. Grading of the recommendations and strength of evidence for these outcomes are provided. The bulk of the guidelines may be useful for physiotherapists as they present evidence for issues related to the content of pulmonary rehabilitation programs. These include: duration of pulmonary rehabilitation programs, intensity of aerobic exercise training, strength training in programs, upper extremity training, inspiratory muscle training, education, psychological and behavioural components, and oxygen supplementation during exercise. Evidence for post rehabilitation management strategies is also provided. The guidelines are supported by 211 references.
The University of Queensland, Australia
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|Title Annotation:||Appraisal: Clinical Practice Guidelines; American College of Chest Physicians; American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation|
|Publication:||Australian Journal of Physiotherapy|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2008|
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