|Outcomes at 8 weeks to 6 months||Number of RCTs (n)||Mean effect size (95% CI)||Percentage of control patients with worse outcome (CI)†|
|*RCTs = randomised controlled trials. CI defined in glossary.|
|†Compared with the average patient in the treatment group.|
|Exercise capacity||20 (979)||0.71 (0.43 to 0.99)||76% (67 to 84)|
|Shortness of breath||12 (723)||0.62 (0.26 to 0.91)||73% (60 to 82)|
Review: rehabilitation improves exercise capacity and alleviates shortness of breath in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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