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Reasons for Assessing Exercise Capacity

Assessing exercise capacity in pulmonary rehabilitation patients is important because it allows the coordinator to:

  • Determine the level of functional impairment and activity limitation.
  • Determine the factors that limit exercise capacity.
  • Provide information that will guide exercise prescription.
  • Identify oxygen desaturation during exercise and aid prescription of supplemental oxygen during training.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation in altering exercise capacity and exertional dyspnoea.