COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Community)
We provide pulmonary rehabilitation which includes patient education, exercise training, psychosocial support and advice on nutrition.
Pulmonary rehabilitation has been shown to improve exercise capacity, reduce breathlessness, improve health-related quality of life, and decrease healthcare utilisation.
The majority of patients considered for pulmonary rehabilitation programmes will have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmonary rehabilitation should be offered to all patients who consider themselves functionally disabled by COPD.
The rehabilitation process incorporates a programme of physical training, disease education, nutritional assessment and advice, and psychological, social, and behavioural intervention.
Rehabilitation is provided by a multiprofessional team, with involvement of the patient’s family and attention to individual needs. Respiratory rehabilitation is effective in helping to relieve dyspnea and improve control of COPD.
Pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD has also been shown to relieve fatigue, improve emotional function and enhance patients’ sense of control over their condition.
Who do we work with?
Although most patients will have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the benefits of rehabilitation may apply to all patients with dyspnoea from other respiratory diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation is effective for people with moderate-to-severe COPD. It is not suitable for people unable to walk, who have unstable angina, or who have had a recent myocardial infarction.
Rehabilitation is considered at all stages of disease progression when symptoms are present and not at a predetermined level of impairment.