Table 1

Evaluations during the study period

Time related to discharge
M−1M0M1M3M6M9M12M15M18M21M24
Physical examination
Dyspnoea score
ABG
Spirometry
MIP
Biochemistry
Chest radiography
ECG
6MWD
Sleep quality score
Polysomnography
MRF-28
SGRQ
CT scan#
Echocardiography#
Drugs check
Side-effects
Hospitalisation
Treatment compliance
  • M: months

  • M0: discharge

  • ABG: arterial blood gas analysis

  • MIP: maximal inspiratory pressure

  • ECG: electrocardiogram

  • 6MWD: 6-min walking distance test

  • MRF-28: Maugeri Foundation Respiratory Failure Questionnaire

  • SGRQ: St George's Respiratory Questionnaire

  • CT: computed tomography

  • #: optional