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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 529--533

Telerehabilitation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: An underrecognized management in tertiary care


1 Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Center for Exercise, Sports Science, Medicine and Research, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Baskaran Chandrasekaran
Center for Exercise, Sports Science, Medicine and Research, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_89_18

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Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is proved to be best supportive management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) individuals. The literature claims the reduction of dyspnea, fatigue, exacerbations, and improved functional capacity and quality of life. Home-based PR is being prescribed widely than hospital-based rehab due to be less cost and ease of caregiver burden, but efficacy is usually questioned. The poor efficacy may be probably due to recurrent exacerbation and poor quality of life even after years of home rehabilitation. Telerehabilitation is an excellent rehab measure where the COPD patients exercise at his home, while expertise from the tertiary care centers monitors the rehab sessions remotely. In India, the tele-PR is at its budding state. This review shall enable the readers with the basics of telerehabilitation in comparison with the other available rehab measures and evidence in the management of COPD.






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