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Exercise with Virtual Reality Beneficial for COPD Patients

Presented By
Dr Sebastian Rutkowski, Opole University of Technology, Poland
ERS 2019

In a 2-week training programme for patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) virtual reality-based rehabilitation led to greater mobility improvement than traditional pulmonary rehabilitation [1].

Longer term rehabilitation with a duration of 6 weeks is internationally recommended by guidelines as it has shown to improve dyspnoea and exercise tolerance [1,2]. However, in some countries, e.g. Poland and Germany, health insurance generally only approves up to 3 weeks of rehabilitation [1]. Thus, Dr Sebastian Rutkowski (Opole University of Technology, Poland) and his colleagues wanted to find out whether shorter periods of rehabilitation are still able to augment physical performance.

Dr Rutkowski and colleagues also aimed to compare the efficacy of traditional exercise capacity training to a pulmonary rehabilitation programme including non-immersive virtual reality techniques and operated with a gaming console and motion sens...

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