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Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD: A narrative review and call for further implementation in Saudi Arabia

Aldhahir, AM; Alghamdi, SM; Alqahtani, JS; Alqahtani, KA; Al Rajah, AM; Alkhathlan, BS; Singh, SJ; ... Hurst, JR; + view all (2021) Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD: A narrative review and call for further implementation in Saudi Arabia. Annals of Thoracic Medicine , 16 (4) pp. 299-305. 10.4103/atm.atm_639_20. Green open access

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, preventable, and treatable condition, in which outcomes can be improved with careful management. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) comprises exercise and education, delivered by multidisciplinary teams. PR is a cost-effective management strategy in COPD patients which improves exercise performance, reduces dyspnea, reduces the risk of exacerbation, and improves health-related quality of life. All COPD patients appear to benefit irrespective of their baseline function, and PR has also been shown to be a clinically and cost-effective management approach following an acute exacerbation. COPD patients with greater disability and those recovering postexacerbation should be specifically targeted for PR. Due to limited current capacity, the latter group may not currently be able to benefit from PR. Therefore, there is a need for the wider implementation of PR services in Saudi Arabia, requiring us to address challenges including capacity and workforce competency.

Type: Article
Title: Pulmonary rehabilitation for COPD: A narrative review and call for further implementation in Saudi Arabia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4103/atm.atm_639_20
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4103/atm.atm_639_20
Language: English
Additional information: This article is available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License (CC BY-NC-SA), which permits non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary rehabilitation, Saudi Arabia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Respiratory Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138637
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