pulmonary rehabilitation


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chest phys·ic·al ther·a·py

(CPT) (chestfiz'i-kăl thār'ă-pē)
A type of respiratory care performed to promote coughing and the removal of lung secretions through percussion (clapping) and vibration on the affected areas, postural drainage, and breathing exercises; usually contraindicated in persons with bleeding abnormalities, anticoagulant therapy, chest and/or head/neck trauma, recent myocardial infarctions, or pacemaker insertion.
Synonym(s): chest physiotherapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary toileting.
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pulmonary rehabilitation

A structured program of activity, progressive breathing and conditioning exercises, and patient education designed to return patients with pulmonary disease to maximum function.
See also: rehabilitation
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Patients control blood gases was obtained 1 day after the last pulmonary rehabilitation therapy by calling for control.
As physiotherapists, we have tended to 'rest on our laurels' and assume that traditional roles and responsibilities in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation will continue.
In addition to pulmonary rehabilitation, other nonpharmacologic interventions have emerged in recent years that may help to relieve dyspnea in patients with COPD.
Pulmonary rehabilitation offers benefits for all patients suffering from a chronic respiratory disease of whatever origin, who have a decrease of pulmonary function, who are symptomatic and who have intolerance to effort in spite of an optimal pharmacological treatment.
Current American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society guidelines recommend the consideration of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients who have persistent symptoms and activity limitations and for those who are unable to adjust to their illness despite optimal medical management (Am J Respir Critical Care Med.
In this study, we propose a novel system which uses data fusion of motion-sensing data and biomedical data of a patient for remote pulmonary rehabilitation exercise system.
Ngai et al., "Effect of early pulmonary rehabilitation on health care utilization and health status in patients hospitalized with acute exacerbations of COPD," Respirology, vol.
The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate (by means of a new tool: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Decisional Score [PRDS], created ad hoc), the appropriateness of priority of PR prescription proposed by specialists in COPD subjects referred to the respiratory outpatients clinic.
During a 6-week pulmonary rehabilitation program, participants received exercise training from a physiotherapist two times a week for 1 hr and were encouraged to exercise one to two times daily, 5 days per week (Finnerty et al., 2001).
Pulmonary rehabilitation has been carefully evaluated in a large number of randomized, controlled trials (RCTs), which generally involved patients with advanced disease according to spirometric criteria (FEV [sub]1 /forced vital capacity <0.70; FEV [sub]1 , 30-49% of predicted value), and shown to reduce the perceived intensity of dyspnea, reduce anxiety, and depression associated with COPD improve exercise capacity and health-related quality of life, and even improve survival in some studies.
Objective: To investigate the effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on the self-efficacy of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.