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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

Print version ISSN 1806-3713On-line version ISSN 1806-3756

Abstract

FERREIRA, Susana Alves; GUIMARAES, Miguel  and  TAVEIRA, Natália. Pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD: from exercise training to "real life". J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.11, pp.1112-1115. ISSN 1806-3713.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132009001100009.

The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of exercise training by means of a rehabilitative walking protocol. Twenty patients with COPD staged as III/IV according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease were included. Patients were evaluated at baseline and at the end of the exercise program regarding oxygen desaturation, sensation of dyspnea/fatigue, quality of life and six-minute walk distance. The comparison between the six-minute walk distance prior to and after training proved the efficacy of the protocol, which also resulted in a decrease in oxygen desaturation and in the sensation of dyspnea. This protocol can be easily put into practice.

Keywords : Activities of daily living; Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive; Rehabilitation; Exercise therapy; Exercise test.

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