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Functional assessment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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PMID:  21489009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Purpose: To describe available methods for assessing functional capacity in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Data sources: An extensive literature review is used to provide pertinent information. Conclusions: COPD disease affects millions of Americans and is physically and psychologically distressing. The hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is irreversible airflow limitation and dyspnea. Dyspnea is a major contributor to decreased exercise capacity and functional status in this population. Understanding the methods to complete a functional assessment is important for all practitioners caring for this population. Implications for practice: This paper provides an overview of current methods used to assess functional status, including pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, and anthropomorphic and self-report measurements. In addition, there is discussion of the indications and contraindications for exercise testing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the clinical significance of performing a global composite of functional ability.
Charles A Downs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1745-7599     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Nurse Pract     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916634     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Nurse Pract     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-7     Citation Subset:  N    
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©2011 The Author(s) Journal compilation ©2011 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
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