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Evid Based Nurs 7:22 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.1.22
  • Treatment

Review: rehabilitation improves exercise capacity and alleviates shortness of breath in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Rehabilitation (upper or lower extremity, or respiratory muscle exercise) v control in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease*

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)

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