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There is increasing evidence that early participation in pulmonary rehabilitation after an acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) is associated with decreased readmissions and mortality. This subgroup analysis from the COPD-EXA-REHAB study evaluated the impact of attendance in pulmonary rehab after AECOPD in 70 patients. The authors demonstrated a reduction in hospital admissions of 7% per attended rehabilitation session.
Attendance to pulmonary rehab after AECOPD is poor, but it appears to be a powerful strategy to reduce hospital admissions. Enhanced focus and resources should be deployed to target this high-risk group of patients to improve pulmonary rehabilitation attendance and reduce barriers to access.
– Kolene E. Bailey, MD
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