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IJCRR. 2014; 6(13): 15-23


A STUDY OF SHORT TERM PULMONARY REHABILITATION ON EXERCISE CAPACITY, FORCED VITAL CAPACITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

Christian Preeti S..

Abstract
Background: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease characterized by airflow limitation / obstruction that is either not reversible or only partially reversible. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an accepted non-pharmacological intervention for individuals with COPD. But there is ‘no consensus’ regarding the most favorable duration of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD.
Objective: To determine the effects of a short term Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme on exercise capacity, forced vital capacity and Quality of life in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Methods: 30 mild-moderate COPD patients, who fulfill inclusion and exclusion criteria, were given conventional physical therapy and aerobic training for 5 days per week and continued for 4 weeks. 6 min walk distance; Forced vital capacity (FVC) and chronic respiratory questionnaire (CRQs) were taken at baseline before and after completion of rehabilitation program as outcome measures.
Results: Results show statistically significant difference in 6 min walk distance (6 MWD), Dyspnea, Fatigue (p

Key words: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire, Forced Vital Capacity, 6 Minute Walk Test



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