1. Kuo, Nai-Ying RT, MS
  2. Liu, Jui-Fang PhD, RT
  3. Lu, Hung-I MD
  4. Lo, Chien-Ming MD
  5. Hsien, Li-Chiu RT, BS
  6. Chang, Chia-Ling RT, BS
  7. Hsu, Miaoju PhD, PT


Background: Objective of this study was to investigate the effect of home-based pulmonary rehabilitation in older individuals with lung tumors after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.


Method: Thirty-six subjects were recruited. The control group received standard care, whereas the experimental group underwent a 6-week home-based pulmonary rehabilitation additionally. Assessments were conducted at 2, 6, and 12 weeks after discharge from the hospital.


Results: Exercise capacity significantly improved in the rehabilitation group at 2-week follow-up. Inspiratory muscle strength and lung expansion capacity significantly improved at 2- and 6-week follow-ups.


Conclusion: Home-based pulmonary rehabilitation could shorten the recovery time of certain physical functions.