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Differences in patient outcomes between a 6, 7 and 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programme: A service evaluation

Andrews, L and Barlow, R and Easton, I (2015) 'Differences in patient outcomes between a 6, 7 and 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programme: A service evaluation.' Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 101 (1). 62 - 68. ISSN 0031-9406

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© 2014 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Objective: To investigate changes and differences in patient outcomes over time for 6, 7 and 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in order to identify optimal duration. Setting: Community based pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in the East of England. Participants: In total 363 participants completed one of the three pulmonary rehabilitation programmes. Patients with a chronic respiratory condition showing a commitment to the pulmonary rehabilitation programme and no contraindications to exercise were included. Intervention: Pulmonary rehabilitation twice a week for 6, 7 or 8 weeks. Main outcome measures: St Georges Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Incremental Shuttle Walk Test (ISWT). Results: All programmes showed improvements in ISWT post rehabilitation, with the 8 week programme showing the greatest improvement. Conclusion: Findings show that greatest improvements in terms of exercise capacity may be seen from 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programmes, but that improvement for the ISWT can be obtained from 6, 7 or 8 week programmes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 10:37
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 17:22

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