Dr. Didier Saey, Laval University, Québec, QC

Frailty is an important clinical syndrome affecting an estimated one in every ten people aged over 65 years and is consistently associated with adverse outcomes such as adverse drug reactions, mobility decline, increased risk of fall, disability onset, prolonged hospitalization and mortality. In individuals with COPD living in the community, the prevalence of frailty has been reported to be 58% and over 60% of patients attending a pulmonary rehabilitation program were reported to exhibit some level of frailty. The aims of this presentation are to describe impact of frailty on the potential of functional rehabilitation and to discuss whether and why functional pulmonary rehabilitation may impact frailty in different chronic respiratory diseases.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • describe impact of frailty on the potential of functional rehabilitation; and
  • discuss whether and why functional pulmonary rehabilitation may impact frailty in different chronic respiratory diseases.