A Prospective Cohort Study on the Effects of Geriatric Rehabilitation Following Acute Exacerbations of COPD

April 11, 2019

Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hospitalized for an acute exacerbation, often do not receive recommended post-acute pulmonary rehabilitation. This underuse might be related to the impaired clinical and functional status of these patients, who are more likely to present with frailty, comorbidities, and disability. Having developed and implemented a geriatric rehabilitation program for these patients (GR_COPD), the primary aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of this program.