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Home-based rehabilitation for COPD using minimal resources: a randomised, controlled equivalence trial
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    Response to 'Pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD: integrated care or home alone?'
    • Anne E. Holland, Professor of Physiotherapy
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ajay Mahal, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Angela T Burge, Narelle S Cox, Rosemary Moore, Caroline Nicolson, Paul O'Halloran, Aroub Lahham, Rebecca Gillies and Christine F McDonald.

    We thank Vanfleteren and colleagues for their comments on our recently published equivalence trial comparing home-based and centre-based pulmonary rehabilitation in people with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).[1] We agree that there is a compelling need to increase the implementation, utilization and delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation.[2] We welcome further discussion regarding the role of new pulmon...

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    Pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD: integrated care or home alone?
    • Lowie E.G.W. Vanfleteren, Chest Physician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Emiel F.M. Wouters, Daisy J.A. Janssen, Frits M.E. Franssen, Martijn A. Spruit

    Based on their findings from a prospective, randomized, controlled equivalence trial, Holland and colleagues conclude that a 8-week home- based rehabilitation model produced short-term clinical outcomes that were equivalent to a center-based pulmonary rehabilitation program.[1] To their credit, the authors' recruitment and statistical design were of high quality, as were the outcome measures used. We acknowledge that the...

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