Editorial Summary to the Special Edition on “Recent Advances in Pulmonary Rehabilitation”

Masahiro Kohzuki*

Editorial Summary to the Special Edition on “Recent Advances in Pulmonary Rehabilitation”.

PR is now an essential part of therapeutic strategy in the wide range of respiratory diseases. In this special edition, we plan to share not only the scientifically established knowledge but also the narrative experiences in PR for diverse respiratory diseases.

This issue contains ten invited reviews describing recent and exciting scientific advances in PR, including rehabilitation for patients with COPD, pulmonary hypertension (PH), multi-morbidity and multiple disabilities (MMD), pneumonia, intensive care unit (ICU), palliative care, lung transplantation, and peripheral arterial disease. It also contains assessment of dyspnea, measurement of activities of daily living for them.

Goto4 suggested that one of the problems is the inability to measure changes in ADL resulting from treatment or rehabilitation and interventions to improve physical activity in patients with COPD, if the instrument cannot accurately measure the concept of daily activity.

Ebihara et al8 pointed out that the rehabilitation for aspiration pneumonia should be the combination of pulmonary and dysphagia rehabilitations. The best strategy to achieve the comprehensive interventions is making the multidisciplinary team with various medical amenities. Izoe et al9 summarized the reports on PR before and after lung transplantation (LTx). PR can improve exercise capacity and QoL. Kakihana et al10 outlined the association of COPD with PAD. Increased prevalence of PAD in COPD patients may be caused by COPD disease itself including systemic inflammation rather than by smoking status.

Pulm Res Respir Med Open J. 2017; SE(2): Se1-Se2. doi: 10.17140/PRRMOJ-SE-2-e001