Clinical assessment of exercise capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Jordi Vilaró, V. R. Resqueti, G. A.F. Fregonezi

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Abstract

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized as a multisystemic disease that reduces patient's tolerance to exercise. Nowadays, a great variety of validated tests are available for use in Respiratory Physical Therapy that are simple, practical and inexpensive. Objective: To describe the tests most used in patients with COPD to evaluate their exercise capacity and physical activity, along with some tests that potentially could be adopted for clinical evaluations in such patients. Conclusions: To be able to justify the professional quality of the respiratory physical therapists' work, tests that have been used and validated internationally must be incorporated. Moreover, it is important to choose the most appropriate tests for measuring exercise capacity and, above all, to perform a careful follow-up of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalRevista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • COPD
  • Exercise capacity
  • Muscle strength
  • Walk test

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