Patients with moderate symptoms of COPD may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation, a randomised controlled trial conducted in the Netherlands has concluded.
The authors had identified evidence to support the use of pulmonary rehabilitation with patients who have advanced COPD, but research has not looked at those with less advanced disease.
The two year study included 199 patients with average airflow obstruction but impaired exercise capacity.
They were randomised to an interdisciplinary community-based COPD management programme or usual care. Intervention consisted of four months multidisciplinary rehabilitation followed by a 20-month maintenance phase.