Numerous studies of pulmonary rehabilitation have documented improvement in symptoms, maximum oxygen consumption, and quality-of-life measures. A decrease in the number of hospitalizations has also been shown in patients who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
Benefits do vary among individuals, however, and consistent participation in an exercise regimen is necessary to maintain improvements. In addition, it has not been shown that pulmonary rehabilitation produces any change in pulmonary functions tests (PFTs) or overall oxygen requirements for individuals.
Potential benefits include:
- Maximization of strength, endurance, and flexibility
- Decreased symptoms of breathlessness
- Decreased effort for the activities of daily living
- Increased energy to partake in hobbies and social/family activities