Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Claudio Donner, Roger Goldstein, Nicolino Ambrosino

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Places pulmonary rehabilitation within the wider framework of respiratory disease, and the health burden that this now poses world-wide

Puts the basic science that underpins the rationale of pulmonary rehabilitation therapies in context for the health care professional

Discusses in detail the assessment of the patient with chronic lung disease for a pulmonary rehabilitation program

Provides helpful advice on setting up and running a pulmonary rehabilitation service, including the ethical and legal issues involved

Examines pulmonary rehabilitation in a wide range of settings, from the intensive care unit through post-intensive/high dependency care to the outpatient clinic and the home

Evidence-based and international in approach

Well designed text incorporating chapter summaries, boxes, illustrations and tables for improved accessibility

Summary

Pulmonary rehabilitation programmes are now a fundamental part of the clinical management of patients with chronic respiratory diseases. This comprehensive reference book places pulmonary rehabilitation within the wider framework of respiratory disease, and the health burden that this now poses worldwide.



Part one of the book examines the evidence supporting the use of pulmonary rehabilitation programmes, new trends and socio-economic implications, and the scientific bases of techniques used. In part two, the reader is given important guidance on assessing patients for rehabilitation and what the cost implications are for patients and the health care system. The last part of the book provides a general overview and discusses specific problems of delivering pulmonary rehabilitation. Throughout the book, contributions drawn from a broad range of countries compare and contrast practice around the world where differences have developed, and discuss the clinical evidence that supports current thinking.

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