Up To Date Pulmonary Rehabilitation

People with COPD meeting appropriate criteria are offered an effective, timely and accessible multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation inline with NICE guidelines nice.org.uk/guidance/qualit...

quote Pulmonary rehabilitation is a broad therapeutic concept. It is defined by the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society as a comprehensive intervention based on a thorough patient assessment followed by patient tailored therapies that include, but are not limited to, exercise training, education, and behavior change, designed to improve the physical and psychological condition of people with chronic respiratory disease and to promote the long-term adherence to health-enhancing behaviors

The effects of pulmonary rehabilitation on quality of life and health care utilization will be reviewed here, focusing on the primary goals of rehabilitation — lower and upper extremity exercise conditioning, breathing retraining, education, and psychosocial support. Other important therapeutic modalities that are stressed in many rehabilitation programs, including smoking cessation, oxygen therapy, bronchodilators, antibiotics, nutritional support, and respiratory muscle training and resting, are discussed separately. end quote from uptodate.com/contents/pulmo...

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  • Thank you sitstand for the link , I wondered what the criteria for pulmonary rehab was. But even this document makes it very unspecific and contradicts itself. People who can't walk are exempt but surely COPD impairs walking due to breathing difficulties no matter what grade you are? All that is different is how much you are impaired at the varied grade, just my thoughts thanks again.

  • i am still waiting to hear i did ring the number and they said they will be in contact in March and the course should start in april fingers crossed marian xx

  • very good

  • I have never been on or offered a PR course but when I go for my next test I'm going to ask

  • And keep asking! It is not just the exercise (which is a life saver) but also the educational aspect of the course. It teaches so much. Good luck.

  • Thanks Toci I went to see GP yesterday for more steroids and abs over the last few months of getting the flu then another flu weeks later I just can't get back to normal it really is a uphill struggle my GP was more concerned that the lung consultant I saw in December has not sent me for the tests he said he would and has not contacted my GP so I will ask nurse when I have my next test with her. hope you are well

  • I am doing okay at the moment, thanks. Don't let them put you off. I have heard some are told they are too well to attend but that is ridiculous as they help to keep you well. Keep pushing them. I hope you feel better soon.

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