This document, produced by a group of experts of "Rehabilitation and Chronic Care Study Group, Italian Association of Hospital Pulmonologists (AIPO)", is not a guideline, not a consensus document and even the Italian version of the statement dismissed in 2013 by the two main scientific societies in the field of pneumology, ATS and ERS, which is still clearly inspired. It represents the update of the previous, product in 2007, and comes from the awareness that in these eight years much progress has been made in various areas of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In particular the literature, as well as confirm its effectiveness in improving symptoms, exercise tolerance and quality of life, has shown the ability to reduce exacerbations and hospitalizations and therefore the consumption of health care resources. Furthermore, the improvement of our knowledge on the pathophysiology of chronic respiratory diseases contributed to extend its application also to diseases other than COPD. Considering then that the training exercise is the cornerstone of any rehabilitation program, wide space is given to the methods and strategies helpful to its optimization. In conclusion, our aim is to provide those who began to work on pulmonary rehabilitation and colleagues which already do it, recommendations and advice from experience and from the literature. An updated bibliography will then explore the topics of most interest to each.
|Translated title of the contribution||Italian recommendations on pulmonary rehabilitation. scientific evidence and messages for clinical practice. position paper of an experts' panel. executive summary|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Rassegna di Patologia dell'Apparato Respiratorio|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine