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Excerpts — Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs-4th Edition

Review the ACCP/AACVPR evidence-based guidelines on pulmonary rehabilitation

The following are the summary recommendations from “Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Joint ACCP/AACVPR Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines.”

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Review principles of exercise training for pulmonary rehab patients

Exercise training in pulmonary rehabilitation should encompass both upper- and lower-extremity endurance training, strength training, and possibly respiratory muscle training.

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Build strong support networks for psychosocial issues

Two important psychosocial issues are common to patients referred to pulmonary rehabilitation: inadequate social support and cigarette smoking.

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Obesity-related respiratory disorders

Obesity is a worldwide public health problem, and more than 50% of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.

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