A brief review of COPD pathophysiology and typical trajectory of the illness.
Common treatment approaches which are not supported by evidence.
Best practices in management of stable COPD and during an acute exacerbation.
Promising treatment approaches for which there is currently limited evidence.
Dr. Gail Dechman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Her research focuses on using exercise to improve function in people with chronic lung diseases. This includes assessing the role that aerobic and resistance exercise play in enhancing functional activity as well as the role of balance training in rehabilitation of people with COPD. Dr. Dechman is co-chair of the COPD Assembly of the Canadian Thoracic Society and has been an author on several of the Assembly’s guidelines.