BMJ Open 2021 Sep 22;11(9):e049545. Epub 2021 Sep 22.
Rehabilitation Sciences and Health and Technologies in Health Sciences Program, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil.
Introduction: A significant number of patients with COVID-19 may experience dyspnoea, anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue and physical impairment symptoms, raising the need for a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach, especially for those with advanced age, obesity, comorbidities and organ failure. Traditional pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), including exercise training, psychosocial counselling and education, has been employed to improve pulmonary function, exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with COVID-19. However, the effects of inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in PR programmes remain unclear. Read More