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In-Home Exercises May Benefit Homebound COPD Patients

A pilot-study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who meet the definition of homebound has found that just two months of aerobic conditioning and functional strength training can produce measurable improvements in quality of life. As defined by Medicare, homebound includes any person who is unable to leave the home without the help of an assistive device or another person. The study found that the greatest improvements in quality of life were seen in dyspnea and depression.

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