Short term in-hospital rehabilitation program (SRP) in COPD patients: Functional and clinical effectiveness

Roberto Porta, G. Piaggi, P. Simoni, D. Errera, S. Nava, K. Foglio, N. Ambrosino

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Purpose: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of a short period of SRP. Methods: 57 COPD patients (48 m, mean age 63±8 yrs, FEV1 39±19%prd, FEV1/FVC 47±12%) underwent evaluation of spirometry, arterial blood gases, respiratory muscle function, exercise tolerance (by incremental symptom limited effort test, and 6 minute walking distance: 6mwd) and sensations of dyspnoea (by Visual Analog Scale (VAS) and Borg scale) and peripheral muscle fatigue (by Borg Scale), before and after a SRP. SRP consisted of chest physiotherapy, arm and leg training and 2 daily up to 30 minute sessions of cycling or walking on treadmill (mean sessions 12±4) at a load of 30-50% of max. Twenty-one matched patients (13 m) served as controls performing only education and diaphragmatic breathing. Results: After RP, patients in study showed a significant improvement in MIP (52±14 to 59±12 cmH2O, p

Original languageEnglish
JournalChest
Volume110
Issue number4 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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    Porta, R., Piaggi, G., Simoni, P., Errera, D., Nava, S., Foglio, K., & Ambrosino, N. (1996). Short term in-hospital rehabilitation program (SRP) in COPD patients: Functional and clinical effectiveness. Chest, 110(4 SUPPL.).