The Benefits of
People with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation experience less breathlessness.
People with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation experience fewer hospital days and greater autonomy.
People with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation have increased energy and exercise tolerance, and are able to participate in more activities.
People with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation have reduced anxiety and improved quality of life.
Given its huge and impactful benefits, the following professional medical societies recommend pulmonary rehabilitation as an effective treatment for people with COPD:
- American College of Physicians
- American College of Chest Physicians 
- Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease
- American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society
- American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
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