Pulmonary rehabilitation underused in COPD
Respirology 2013; 18: 1089–1094
Data from an Australian hospital show that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients admitted for exacerbations are rarely referred for pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), despite it being strongly recommended by national treatment guidelines.
“Rehabilitation in people with COPD has been shown to significantly reduce dyspnoea and fatigue, and improve exercise capacity, emotional function and people’s sense of control over their disease, and reduce health-care utilization,” comment authors Kylie Johnston (University of South Australia, Adelaide) and colleagues.
But they say that their findings support those of a handful of studies to date suggesting that PR is substantially underused.