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Effects of Pulmonary Rehab May Decline Over Time

Key clinical point: The effects of pulmonary rehabilitation on health-care utilization in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) appeared to decline over 2 years.

Major finding: In patients with COPD, respiratory admissions per patient per year fell from 0.7 (1.1) pre-program to 0.5 (1.9, P = .083) in the 12 months post-program but rose in the 12-24 months post-program to 1.0 (2.3, P < .001).

Study details: Observational study of 11 8-week pulmonary rehab programs.

Disclosures: Queensland Health-Health Practitioner Research Scheme funded the study. The study authors report no disclosures.


Walsh JR et al. BMJ Open Resp Res. 2019;6:e000500.