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May 12, 2020

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Improved Survival for Patients With COPD

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven
  • 3Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 4Department of Physiotherapy, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 5Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
JAMA. 2020;323(18):1783-1785. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4436

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent worldwide, is estimated to affect more than 16 million people in the US,1 and is the fourth leading cause of death in the US.2 COPD causes disabling physical and psychosocial symptoms for patients and adversely affects caregivers. Hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations are a key contributor to morbidity, mortality, and health care costs for individuals with COPD.3 Evidence-based interventions that reduce mortality are needed and would be welcomed by patients with COPD and clinicians alike.

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