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

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Q In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), does rehabilitation (extremity or respiratory muscle exercise) increase exercise capacity and alleviate shortness of breath?


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Medline (1966–2000), CINAHL (1990–2000), the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, abstracts presented at national meetings (American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society), and bibliographies of relevant articles.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) (published in any language) that involved patients with obstructive lung disease (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] <70% of predicted value or FEV1/forced vital capacity <70% of predicted value) and symptoms …

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  • For correspondence: Dr G F Salman, Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Austin, TX, USA.

  • Sources of funding: no external funding.