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Exercise training for IPF patients is feasible but access needs to be improved

Presented By
Dr Jana de Brandt, Umeå University, Sweden
Conference
NLC 2022
Doi
https://doi.org/10.55788/1f3a9f17
Although exercise training in interstitial lung disease (ILD) has been shown to be both safe and effective, it should be customised in the individual patient. Moreover, access to pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) needs to improve in the Nordic countries. According to Dr Jana de Brandt (Umeå University, Sweden), the ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT Guideline provides specific recommendations for pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with IPF who have a generally poor prognosis and for whom there is no cure, apart from a possible lung transplantation [1,2]. The aims of exercise training within the relatively short lifespan left for these patients should primarily focus to improve quality of life and, if eligible for lung transplantation, to optimally prepare patients for surgery. Whether pulmonary rehabilitation is effective on different disease parameters in ILD was assessed in a literature review. Randomised controlled trials a...


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