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NICE recommends pulmonary rehabilitation programmes for patients with COPD

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i768 (Published 08 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i768
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and exercise limitation due to breathlessness should be referred to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended.

The updated quality standard from NICE1 also recommended that patients admitted to hospital for an acute exacerbation of COPD should start a pulmonary rehabilitation programme within four weeks of discharge. NICE said that this reduces the short term risk of hospital readmission, as well as improving the quality of life and the …

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