Long-term effects of outpatient rehabilitation of COPD: A randomized trial.

@article{Gell2000LongtermEO,
  title={Long-term effects of outpatient rehabilitation of COPD: A randomized trial.},
  author={Rosa G{\"u}ell and Pere Cas{\'a}n and Jos{\'e} Belda and Merc{\`e} Sangen{\'i}s and F{\'a}tima Morante and Gordon H. Guyatt and Joaqu{\'i}n Sanch{\'i}s},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2000},
  volume={117 4},
  pages={976-83}
}
OBJECTIVE To examine the short- and long-term effects of an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program for COPD patients on dyspnea, exercise, health-related quality of life, and hospitalization rate. SETTING Secondary-care respiratory clinic in Barcelona. METHODS We conducted a randomized controlled trial with blinding of outcome assessment and follow-up at 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months. Sixty patients with moderate to severe COPD (age 65 +/- 7 years; FEV(1) 35 +/- 14%) were recruited… CONTINUE READING