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Medications and Technologies Interaction in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Background: Chronic respiratory conditions, including COPD are complex conditions that primarily affect the lung but are commonly associated with a variety of systemic manifestations and multi-morbidity that largely contributes to the burden of disease. Comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) ...

Background: Chronic respiratory conditions, including COPD are complex conditions that primarily affect the lung but are commonly associated with a variety of systemic manifestations and multi-morbidity that largely contributes to the burden of disease. Comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs including whole body and peripheral skeletal muscle training, education and other interventions, is a non-pharmacological comprehensive therapy aimed at reducing individual’s disability in those patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions either primary or secondary to other diseases. The magnitude of clinical effects following PR depends on several factors, i.e., specific patients condition, severity of respiratory disease and presence of co-occurring diseases, appropriate adherence and timing of this intervention. A more personalized, multi-professional and structured assessment and specialized treatments based on a variety of identifiable treatable characteristics or so-called treatable traits could progress efficient pulmonary rehabilitation. Individual’s complexity and severity as well as clinical setting (e.g., acute hospitalisation) are no contraindication to PR, however might limit effectiveness, benefits and/or safety.

Goal of this Research Topic: Given the comprehensive and multi-professional nature of PR as a dedicated therapy offered to disabled patients, interactions among muscle training and medications, inhaled gases used for therapeutical purposes, mechanical external devices, digital solutions that support interprofessional working, and e-health aids could be crucial in determining a beneficial effect. Thus, medications and high-techs should represent an actual new frontier towards the most approriate goal to reach in the field, which also stands for an intriguing challenge.

Scope with this Research Topic: To offer to readers in Frontiers in Pharmacology the most updated scenarios and fruitful interactions of both medications and high-techs with traditional exercise training during PR. Contributions will be aimed at defining usefulness, indication and application of these new clinical frontiers to help clinicians in facing with the individual patient’s disability.

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Keywords: rehabilitation, drugs, inhaled gas, high-technology, respiratory diseases


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