Background: In the literature, there are sparse data concerning how regular exercise after PR affectsdyspnoe and quality of life (QoL) of COPD-pat. We compared the progress of two groups of patients; the group that exercised regularly with the group that rarely exercised or not at all.Methods: At the end(T1) and 1 year after(T2) rehabilitation 218 COPD-pat. filled out the questionnaires regarding dyspnoe (TDI) and QoL (CAT). We divided the patients into 2 groups according to their information at T2: „active“ group (n=115) which exercised at least 2x/week in the year after PR and „inactive“ group (n=103) which exercised rarely or not at all. At T1 no sign. difference was found between the groups regarding age, FEV1, CAT and TDI. In the „active“ group there were sign. more women represented than in „inactive“ group (p=0,03).Results: See Diagrams 1 and 2

Discussion: The patients who didn't exercise regularly have more dyspnoe(TDI: p<0,01) and worse QoL (CAT: p<0,01) than the patients exercising regularly after the PR.Conclusion: Exercise proves to be an important factor in stabilizing the achieved effects of PR regarding dyspnoe and life quality. As seen in the graph, both groups of patients profit similarly from the PR (p=0,73). The focus on changing habits during PR seems to be of crucial importance to the future course of COPD.